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Martyrs’ Day 2024: Remembering Baapu Ji On His Death Anniversary

Martyrs' Day 2024

January 30 marks the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi—the father of the nation—who was assassinated on this day by Nathuram Vinayak Godse in 1948, just five months and 15 days after the country got independence from British Rule.

Martyrs' Day 2024

January 30 marks the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi—the father of the nation—who was assassinated on this day by Nathuram Vinayak Godse in 1948, just five months and 15 days after the country gained independence from British Rule.

On the 76th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, here’s a look at some facts about Bapu:

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi—the legendary advocate of peace and non-violence—was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar. At the age of 13, he was married to Kasturba. He was trained in the law at the Inner Temple in London. In 1983 he moved to South Africa to represent an Indian merchant in a lawsuit. There he lived for 21 years. During his stay in South Africa, he first employed non-violent resistance in a campaign for civil rights.

In 1915, he returned to India and soon started organizing farmers and urban labourers to protest against discrimination. He initiated the Satyagraha and Ahimsa movements against the British colonial rule. His non-violent approach and his ability to win people over with love and tolerance had a profound impact on civil rights movements.

He not only dedicated his life to India’s struggle for freedom but also led nationwide campaigns against untouchability and poverty. He was also an advocate of women’s rights.

On January 30, 1948, when he was on his way to address an evening prayer meeting (around 5:17 pm) at Birla Bhavan, Delhi along with his grandnieces, Nathuram Godse – a Hindu nationalist – fired three bullets into his chest. According to records, he died instantly.

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Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary 2024: Significance

Mahatma Gandhi is known across the globe for practicing peace and non-violence. His birth anniversary—October 2—is observed as International Day of Non-Violence. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly designated the day to honour Gandhi’s principles. On this day, awareness is raised about the significance of non-violence and its role in promoting peace, harmony, and unity worldwide.

Mahatma Gandhi Inspirational Quotes

Martyrs' Day 2024

To honour the memories of Mahatma Gandhi, whose service to our country helped us attain freedom, here are some of his inspirational quotes to boost your motivation for the rest of the week and which you can also share with family and friends:

  • “The greatness of humanity is not in being human but in being humane.”
  • “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
  • “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
  • You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
  • “Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served.”
  • “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.”
  • “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
  • “Man is supposed to be the maker of his destiny. It is only partly true. He can make his destiny, only in so far as he is allowed by the Great Power.”
  • “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
  • “The future depends on what you do today.”
  • “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
  • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
  • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
  • “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.”
  • “First, they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
  • “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  • “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

Sourced from Livemint & Hindustan Times.

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