The Mahatma who is considered to be the father of the nation was the architect of India’s freedom and arguably the greatest man of this century. Gandhiji’s life was dedicated to the ideals of Truth, Non- violence and Love. He led the non-violent movement for freedom and became an ambassador of peace to the world. NMTV News met former Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari who as a young boy had joined Gandhiji’s movements. He recalls how the days of youth that he spent close to Mahatma Gandhi and how the Mahatma’s greatness was his simplicity and his power as an individual changed the lives of millions. 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 India from British rule through nonviolent resistance. More than once Gandhiji used fasting to impress upon others the need to be nonviolent. The bespectacled, Khadi-clad image of Mahatma Ghandi is indelibly engraved on the conscience of every Indian and and every Independence Day comes with the nation remembering the man who had the vision and courage to take on the might of the British Empire. NMTV News had the privilege of meeting the eminent Gandhian Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari – former Justice. The former Justice shared with us how Gandhiji inspired him to join the freedom struggle. He says that he learnt humbleness from Gandhiji. The former justice recalled the night of August 1947 when independence was declared. And in a crossword puzzle incident of his youth, the former Justice had perhaps the most meaningful message for the nation on Independence Day. 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. It’s in the thoughts, practices and exercising of moral values of Gandhians like former Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari that the legacy of the Mahatma continues. Over the years, the Mahatma’s principles of Satyagraha and nonviolence have transcended geographical boundaries to be employed by activists all over the world fighting oppressive regimes. While the Mahatma’s ideology has inspired such epoch-making movements in different corners of the world, unfortunately Gandhi’s tenets have been largely consigned to textbooks in his homeland. Our politicians may have taken to wearing immaculate white khadi kurtas, but their inner souls are very much stained by blots of corruption and violence. It is about time people embraced the principles of Gandhiji in letter and spirit so as to usher in a vibrant, peaceful world. “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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