Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2nd, 1869 and fell to the evil designs and bullets of an activist on January 30th, 1948. Do you know that there were five unscessful attempts to kill him between 1934 and 1948? What is important for us is to learn from the life of Mahatma during the period of seventy eaight years he lived. The easiest way to know about him is to read his autobiography famous as "My Experiments with Truth". I personally feel that every individual in India should read this book and all the much better if each and every individual in the world reads it and understand the perspective of life from the Mahatma's eyes.
When I was young (here I mean when I was in school) and I continue to be young forever, the Government used to play out a siren at 11AM in the morning of 30th January every year and we used to stand up, maintain silence for two minutes as a mark of respect to the Mahatma. I remember that this happened throughout my ten years in school and even subsequently people used to pay respects in the colleges and offices till about ten years ago. At that time, I did not know much about the Mahatma except that he took an active part in India's struggle for independence; that he started the non co-operation movement and that he organised the Dandi march and used the charaka to weave his clothes and yes I learnt all these things from my history books while in school. I really learnt about him after reading his autobiography about two years back.
The ideas of Mahatma Gandhi found their way into the movies and Gandhigiri became popular through the flick Munnabhai. It is altogether a different matter that politicians are using satyagraha as a weapon to blackmail the Government and holding the state to ransom. Another interesting lapse is on the part of the newspapers. I have been regularly reading the newspaper "The Hindu" for more than twenty years now and I find that there is no mention of the name Mahatma Gandhi in the entire newspaper today. Is this the way to remember the Mahatma?
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