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Mahatma Gandhi: Father of the nation

Mahatma Gandhi was a great freedom fighter who spent his entire life in the struggle for the independence of India. He was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbander, Gujarat. Gandhiji lived his entire life as a leader of the Indian people. His whole life story is a great inspiration for us. Mahatma Gandhi is well known because of his greatest contributions towards the Independence of our country. He was the one who believed in non-violence and unity of the people and brought spirituality in Indian politics. He worked hard for the upliftment of the backward classes in India, raised voice to develop villages for social development, inspired Indian people to use swadeshi (Indian-made products), goods and other social issues and brought the common people in front to participate in the national movement and inspired them to fight for their true freedom.

Gandhiji started many mass movements like the Non-Cooperation Movement in 1920, Civil Disobedience Movement in 1930 and finally the Quit India Movement in 1942, all through the way of independence of India. After lots of struggles and hardships, the British finally granted independence to India. He was a very simple person who worked hard to remove the colour barrier and caste barrier. Gandhiji also worked hard for removing the untouchability in the Indian society and named untouchables as ‘Harijans’, meaning ‘People of God’.

He was a great social reformer and Indian freedom fighter who died a day after completing his aim in life.

He is the real father of our nation who really used his all powers to make us free from the British rule. Gandhiji truly understood the power of the unity in people from different castes, religions, community, race, age and gender which he used all through his independence movement. Finally, he forced the Britishers to quit India forever through his mass movements on the night of August 14, 1947.  Since 1947, August 15th is celebrated every year as the Independence Day in India.

Gandhiji could not continue his life after the independence of India in 1947 as he was assassinated by one of the Indian Hindu activists, Shri Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948. Bapuji was a great personality who served his whole life till his death for his motherland. He enlightened our life with the true light of freedom from the British rule. He proved that everything is possible through non-violence and unity of the people.

Jubel D’Cruz

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