Mahatma Gandhi and his led movements

The sparkle of the brazen statue of Gandhi ji standing tall in the intersection of four lanes at Satwari, Jammu is being restored by thorough cleansing on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, birth anniversary of "The Father of the Nation". He is the most celebrated and cherished leader who used the powerful instrument of "Ahimsa" (non-violence) to extirpate the British rule from India. He was born on 2nd October 1869 to a Hindu Modh Family and was married to Kasturba Makhanji in May 1883 when he was only 13 years old. So, here is a lunge into the life of Mahatma Gandhi keeping all the movements led by him in the spot light.

Civil Disobedience Movement: The Civil Disobedience movement was put into life by Gandhi ji in the year 1930 with an aim to unfasten the clamp of the British rule over Indians. With the tool of non-violence and defiance to obey the laws unlined by British government, this movement led by Gandhi ji thrived and it came out as a blow for the British rulers.

The Dandi March: In 1930, Gandhi ji flagged off the "salt march", commonly known as "The Dandi March" from Ahmedabad. This march aimed to boycott the salt law imposed by the British authorities who ruined many businessmen in Gujarat and this move received rigorous reinforcement from people and it continued till 6 April.

Non-Cooperation Movement: Gandhi ji put his newly established Swaraj party in motion after leaving the National Congress in 1920 to start the non cooperation movement which aimed to shun all the orders of the government and ceased to cooperate with the authorities but this movement was called off after the Chauri Chaura incident took place.

Civil Rights Movement in South Africa: This movement led by Gandhi ji in South Africa disapproved of apartheid and racial discrimination; the practices that were prevalent there. Large multitude of people supported this cause and their efforts along with Gandhi ji's noble intention yielded good results.

India's Freedom Struggle: Gandhi ji led the India's freedom struggle and his enthusiasm infused motivation in the people of the country to stand against injustice and fight for their rights through the channel of non-violence. His efforts finally uprooted the British rule and hence we stand as an independent nation.

The Quit India Movement: This rebellion was launched in August 1942 but existed for a short span. This movement was the zenith of the freedom struggle and large number of working class, students and peasants came together in unison to support it. Although this movement did not yield independence of India but it kindled a spirit of togetherness amongst Indians. This movement gave out a strong message and shook the roots of the British authorities.

For most of the Indians, Gandhi ji is no less than a demigod. A simple man with deep roots kept on marching forward with his weapon of non violence. We all carry him with us in the form of those green and pink notes in our wallet but we need to establish a direct contact with his values and teachings. An eye for an eye will turn the whole world blind.

Violence has consumed our very being to a great extent. I wish that the legacy left behind by Gandhi ji comes into life. Delivering long speeches or adorning the statue of the great leader with garlands is short lived and will be repeated every year on the same day but imbibing his teachings in our lives would be the real celebration.


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