I was taken by little jerk, when my kid asked me to help her write an essay on Mahatma Gandhi. It took me few minutes before I could think of writing down a sensible essay that she can submit in the school....had it been any other topic, I just go fast typing it of. But what happened when I was asked to write about Mahatma Gandhi, Father of our Nation... let me admit that I was not spontaneous. Was it because Gandhi is now becoming a distant memory with people like me? Anyway, Remembering Gandhi, the essay that finally got delivered with due respects to the simple man is given below, for people like me to recall the great man of India:
One of the greatest men that ever walked on the face of this earth. Mahatma Gandhi. The man largely responsible for India's freedom from the imperial British rule after approximately 190 years. The life o f Mahatma Gandhi from his birth in Porbandar, Gujarat to his unfortunate death teaches every person a lesson on how to handle bad and good in general. We also had an opportunity to learn from various events that occurred in Mahatma Gandhi’s life which moulded him into a person that he was. Gandhi was a man of ideals and he treasured, followed and preached all his life the ideas of Truth, Satya graha, Ahimsa and Swaraj. Gandhi was largely a National leader during the most important events in the history of India’s Independence which included his responses to Jalianwala Bagh tragedy, Chauri Chaura incident, the cabinet mission, the Cripps mission, Quit India Movement and Dandhi March towards the 1947 Independence from the clutches of the British rule.
Mohandas Karamchand born on 2 October 1869 was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of Satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence—which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He is commonly known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi a” Great Soul", an honorific first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore) and in India also as Bapu . He is officially honored in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanthi, a national holiday, and world-wide as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2nd in 1869 and was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic January 30th 1948. To the majority of us he is now more familiarly known by his honorific, Mahatma, meaning Great Soul, rather than the names he was born with, and for his dedication to non-violent resistance as a form of protest. Such is his international reputation that in 2007 the United Nations designated his birthday International Day of Non Violence.
Gandhi, popularly known as Bapu, gave simple things that had bigger changes in the Nation’s history. With his simple living and high thinking he triggered the National Movement with non-violence and harmony. The philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi is universal which include simple living, non-violent protests and creating a sense of belongingness in the country and raising the voices of freedom.
As children of this country, we all should learn few things from the life of Gandhi- Our Father of the Nation. Those principles will make us good citizens and help our country free from the existing problems at large scale like avoiding terrorism, bringing in communal harmony, education and employment, eradication poverty and bringing in a safe and sound society.
I would like to tell you the ten principles of Mahatma Gandhi that we should follow in our lives to be good citizens as a simple small man led a widely diversified big nation towards its freedom:
Speak truth and be honest. Do not lie any day
Do not be violent. Protest in a simple non-violent way if you refuse to accept anything
Maintain tolerance for it’s the highest knowledge of education
Be Kind to others and to animals around us
Help people in the smallest ways possible
Follow simple living and high thinking
Remember education and hard-work goes hand in hand
Be obedient to your parents and teachers
Strive for the growth of our Mother land
Do not let us lose the hard-earned freedom of our country.
In the name of Mahatma Gandhi and with an ardent love for my country, I hope all of us practice the principles of Gandhi that would help us go head in our lives in more peace and harmony towards success and happiness as nation. I vow today to follow the best of ideals laid by our Father of Nation and promise to be a good citizen would make this country proud.