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On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi Jeyanthi
01 October 2013

On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, dna spoke to a few students in the city to gauge how well versed they are with their history textbooks and the life of the father of the nation.

Out of the 10 students from the secondary section of various schools in the city, that were asked where Mahatma Gandhi was born, only four could answer correctly.

So where was Mahatma Gandhi born? “Porbandar,” prompt came the reply from Kunal Ambardekar, a Class 10 student of Smt.

Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane. Gandhi was born in Porbandar, a coastal town on the Kathiawar Peninsula on October 2, 1869.

While a few could reply promptly, a few struggled to recollect what they studied in lower classes. “I knew that he was born in Gujarat but had to just stress my brains to remember the exact location,” said Tina Mehta, a Class 9 student of Old Lourdes English High School, Kalyan, who finally answered correctly.

However, all of them weren’t as lucky and even though they knew the answer, they couldn’t recollect it. “We have studied it in history but can’t remember at the moment,” replied Madhumita Kandalgaonkar, a Class 8 student at King George School, Dadar.

“It is disappointing that they don’t know such a basic fact about Gandhiji,” said Kandalgaonkar’s father.

Some others blamed it on missing the class when they were taught the chapter on Gandhi’s life and promise to remember it once they find out. “We have a chapter on Gandhiji but I did not attend the class that day. Now, that exams are near I will be studying it and will obviously remember it then,” said Sachin Chaurasia, a Class 6 student of Wilson High School, Girgaum.

The festival of Gandhi Jayanti  is observed  in India, on October 2nd the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, with reverence all over the country. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,also known as 'Bapu' or 'Father of the nation', the apostle of peace was born on 2 October 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat.

Celebrations :
Gandhi Jayanti is observed as a national holiday in India.A solemn celebration marking the birth date of Gandhiji, the father of the nation, includes prayer meetings at the Raj Ghat where he was cremated.People visit Raj Ghat or pay homage to Gandhi wherever his statues are erected. Verses and prayers are read out from the holy books of all the religions. Gandhi's favourite song, Raghupati Raghava, is invariably sung at all the meetings associated with him.
 About Mahatma Gandhi (Oct. 2,1869- Jan,30 1948)
Mahatma Gandhi was a national icon who led the struggle for India's independence from British colonial rule, empowered by tens of millions of common Indians. He was a man who did what he said and led an exemplary and a transparent life.
Born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, a small town on the Gujarat coastline.He was the son of Karamchand Gandhiand Putlibai, Karamchand's fourth wife. He was married to a Kasturba Gandhi at the age of 13 and had four kids. He studied law in U.K and practiced law in South Africa. But he left his profession and returned to India to join the Indian freedom struggle.Throughout his life he opposed any form of terrorism or violence, instead using only the highest moral standards. His philosophy of nonviolence, for which he coined the term satyagraha, has influenced national and international nonviolent resistance movements to this day. From the time he took charge of the freedom struggle in 1918 he was lovingly called as "Mahatma" meaning "Great Soul" by millions of Indians. By means of nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi helped bring about India's independence from British rule, inspiring other colonial peoples to work for their own independence and ultimately dismantling the British Empire. Gandhi often stated that his principles were simple; drawn from traditional Hindu beliefs: truth(satya) and nonviolence (ahimsa).
Famous Qoutes of Mahatma Gandhi
"Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love."

"Ahimsa means not to injure any creature by thought, word or deed, not even to the supposed advantage of this creature."

"I claim no perfection for myself. But I do claim to be a passionate seeker after Truth, which is but another name for God."

"I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could."

"Poverty is but the worst form of violence."

Favorite Bhajan's of Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer meetings were an important part of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba's life. All religions and faiths were given equal importance in the daily recitation of prayers. The prayers always culminated by proclaiming "Although we call you by different names, you are One, Give us the wisdom to understand this, O Lord"



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