gandhiji-2The Mahatma was remembered world wide as it observed International Day of Non Violence. The greatness of this man was his simplicity and his power as an individual changed the lives of millions – Mahatma Gandhi. The city had celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi with a respect that reminded the values that he had left behind for the citizens of the India. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. In the 1900s, Gandhiji became one of few respected spiritual and political leaders who helped free the Indian people from British rule through nonviolent resistance. And so, he has been honored by his people as the father of the Indian Nation. More than once Gandhi used fasting to impress upon others the need to be nonviolent. India was granted independence in 1947, and partitioned into India and Pakistan. Rioting between Hindus and Muslims followed. Gandhi had been an advocate for a united India where Hindus and Muslims lived together in peace. On January 13, 1948, at the age of 78, he began a fast with the purpose of stopping the bloodshed. Twelve days later he was assassinated by Natturam Godse who is believed to be a Hindu fanatic who opposed his program of tolerance for all creeds and religion. Among the tributes to Gandhi upon his death were these words by the great physicist, Albert Einstein: “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood.” This day also marks the birth anniversary of late Prime Minister of India Shri lal Bahadur Shastri.

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