September 30, 2021 7 min read
Popularly known as the 'Father of the Nation', Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Porbandar, Gujarat. His Ahimsa (non-violence) movement made a remarkable impact in the freedom struggle that steered independence from the British for India in 1947.
He viewed education as an all-round development and not just as literacy. He emphasised on holistic development of a child, not just the mind.
Growing up, Gandhi was "restless as mercury, either playing or roaming about. One of his favourite pastimes was twisting dogs' ears" remembers his sister. Stories of Shravana and king Harishchandra were some of the Indian classics that had a major impact on Gandhi in his childhood. He writes this in his autobiography, and admits that they left a strong impression on his mind. He writes: "It haunted me and I must have acted Harishchandra to myself a number of times." Gandhi's early self-identification with truth and love as supreme values is traceable to these epic characters.
At age 9, Gandhi joined a local school in Rajkot. There he studied the basics of arithmetic, history, Gujarati and geography. At age 11, he joined a High School in Rajkot, Alfred High School. He was an average student, who was a shy with no interest in games.
At the age of 18, Gandhi finished high school and joined Samaldas College in Bhavnagar State but dropped out soon after and returned to his family in Porbandar.
He was advised to pursue law and moved to London to study at the University College London. And thus began his journey as a lawyer, the foremost civil rights activist and freedom fighter in the world.
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“You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.”
“We can no more gain God’s blessings with an unclean body than with an unclean mind. A clean body cannot reside in an unclean city.”
While remembering these principles and many more valuable ones that he left the world with, we celebrate this great man on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
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