Today in 1948, India’s independence hero and the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi died. On January 30, India will remember the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as Martyr’s Day attributed significantly to unite several streams in India’s freedom movement with non-violence. Mahatma Gandhi guided the nation to achieve Swaraj by various campaigns and peaceful protests while he was in the leader of the National Congress in 1921.
Mahatma Gandhi died at the age of 78 in 1948 on January 30. He was the great man who sacrificed his whole life to free India from the bondage of British rules. Nathuram Godse who was an extremist found accused of murdering Gandhi and get imprisoned. Today Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while giving his first speech in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ requested everyone to pay a 2-minute tribute to the martyrs on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary considered as the Martyr’s day or Shaheed Diwas and non-violence is the only concept which he admired as a concept of struggle.
Mahatma Gandhi is known for his non-violent innovative alternatives for fighting against British colonialists. He always believed that violence only brings ‘temporary’ good. Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela had even said once: “A hundred years ago Gandhi became the first person of color to practice law in Johannesburg. Gandhi’s offices and the old courts are long gone. But here too, Gandhi paved the way for others.”
The ‘Dandi March’ which is also known as the Salt Satyagraha March, was a landmark event in the independence struggle of India. In the direction of Mahatma Gandhi, 80 Satyagrahis marched 241 miles from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to the coastal village of Dandi and made salt from the sea water and broke the Salt Law imposed by the British.
Let us all remember the thoughts and values of the great freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi on Martyr’s Day.