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MAHATMA GANDHI: BAPU

January 30th


Today is Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary. What do you say about a person whose preaching is revered by the world after he is long gone (1869 - 1948)....

For little kids who might know him, he is the "half-naked" man with glasses and a stick.

To older kids, he's the "Father of the Nation" who led India to its freedom from the British by non-violent means. 

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To us, who have studied India's freedom struggle growing up, we know how Gandhiji fought for civil rights of Indians in South Africa. We know how he returned to India in 1915 and went on to become the leader of the Indian National Congress. We know how he was involved in ending un-touchability in India. We know his role in demanding first involvement in the governance of the country, then Self-Rule (Swaraj), and finally Quit-India and Complete Independence (Purna Swaraj) from the British Rule. We know his role in the Non-Cooperation and the Boycott Movement and the famous "Dandi March".


And then again, there are people from our parents' generation who attained their education on the struggle for Independence and about Gandhiji from listening to their parents talk about the 'times' with passion and pride, having lived in the era itself.

 

Of course, people from our grand-parents' generation were there during India's Independence. They heard their Gandhi's speeches. They were inspired by our mahatma. They were led by him. They fought along side him. They loved their "Bapu". Amongst them, I have to mention, there were those who felt that Gandhiji was unfair to Hindus. That he favored Muslims. I wonder if that was much like a parent who took side of the child that felt "un-loved"? True or not, there was a feeling of betrayal amongst some Hindus too. He eventually died at the hands of one- Nathu Ram Ghosle.

 

Whatever era we belong too, we are proud of our Mahatma Gandhi and the Non- Violence belief that he based our Freedom Struggle on - unlike any other! His example is specially significant in today's world!

We think, he's the man to follow....


The Gandhi Rap

This rap, called, 'The Gandhi Rap - be the change u want to see' sung
by MC Yogi, beautifully covers various aspects of what our Mahatama Gandhi was all about.

This is how it end-

"you see, Gandhi-ji was a very great leader / but before all that he was shy & meager /
as a young child he was just like you and me / before he became Mahatma Gandhi /
the word “Mahatma” it means great soul / and its inside of us just waiting to unfold /
if you follow your heart and act real bold / next time it’ll be your story that’s told!"

Yes, we want our kids to know Mahatama Gandhi, know what he taught the world, know what he stood for, know about his courage - about how he led a nation to fight a huge military empire without a single weapon in hand! 

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