Monday, January 30, 2017

The Mahatma... The Martyr...

I'm proud to be Indian... and one of the most famous (and respected) Indians of all time would undoubtedly be Mahatma Gandhi for his ideology of non-violence that has inspired many great leaders around the world. 

Today on the 69th Anniversary of his death, I pay tribute to our great Indian leader here in this post, with what is said to have been his favorite bhajan... Vaishnav Jana To.


Right from early school, we were introduced to Mahatma Gandhi and his values... but it was in Grade 3 that we were introduced to history as a subject when the text started with Dadabhai Nowroji followed by Lokmanya Tilak, Lala Lajpatrai and then Mahatma Gandhi. Besides having to learn the dates of his birth and death, we were introduced to his battle against discrimination in South Africa... 

A few years later, in 1982 came the Richard Attenborough's biopic on the national (and internationally renowned) leader, played by Ben Kingsley. 'Gandhi' was running to full houses, and our entire family was seated in the first row of Regal Cinema in Mumbai looking up to 'Gandhi'. Another favorite bhajan that was on the background soundtrack was Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram.


A man of honour, Mahatma Gandhi found the end of the assasin's bullet on this day in 1948, like others who stood for justice, peace and truth... Here's a tribute by country singer Kris Kristofferson... They Killed Him.

Martyr's Day in India pays rich tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and his non-violent struggle for Indian Freedom. If you are Indian by nationality or even origin, spend a minute of silence in tribute to the Mahatma.... JAI HIND.
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