Remembering Gandhiji on his Birthday
“We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.” Such moving thought was of none other than our beloved Gandhiji. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is the father of our nation. He was born on 2 October, 1869 in Porbandar district of Gujarat. His birthday is celebrated every year as Gandhi Jayanti. On this day, people celebrate with prayer, services and decorate statues of Mahatma Gandhi with garlands and flowers. His favourite song, Raghu Pati Raghav is also sung in prayer meetings on this day.
On June 15, 2007 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that Gandhiji’s birthday will be celebrated as day of Non-Violence. He was the man who persisted in the face of opposition by adopting non-violence as a philosophy and an ideal way of life. Take for example the salt march of, 1930 when Gandhiji protested against British’s law, he walked about 240 miles to the Arabian sea to scoop a hand full of salt in the blackish water. After this peaceful yet defiant act which proved to be one of the factors in the revolution, India gained Independence from British in1947.
In Shree H. J . Gajera English Medium School, Primary Section, Katargam a get together was arranged for all staff members to observe this day at school level. The day begun with lamp lighting by principal Asish Debnath and praying to the almamater Shri Haribhai Gajera and Smt. Shantaba Gajera alongwith Gandhiji. Thenafter the song “Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye...” was sung by the whole staff and paid respect to Gandhiji.
Gandhi Jayanti is indeed a thoughtful occasion to celebrate every year in India, as well as in the several part of the world. Current prime minister of India Narendra Modi introduced the Swachh Bharat campaign to contribute towards keeping our surroundings clean and spreading Gandhiji’s message of love and peace. Always remember that “When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.”