Remembering Mahatma Gandhi On His 150th Birth Anniversary With Some Of His Life’s Stories By UmaShankar Joshi

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Published by Soniya Kaur on 02 Oct 2018

Today i.e., 2nd of October, the world is remembering the man who led the Indian independence movement against British rule. He gave inspiration to many leaders of our country. Gandhi was born and raised in the Hindu trader caste family of Porbandar, Gujrat. It was Gandhi’s saying that “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will,” which is true as who would have thought that a man wearing a Dhoti and specs with a stick in his hand and visibly lean, could led the revolution of freedom in a country like India.

Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi shake the world in his very own gentle way. Let’s take a quick inspiration from his stories written by Uma Shankar Joshi:

1. Mohan was afraid of the darkness and ghosts. Once in a night, little Mohan had to go from one room to another and when he steps out his heart started to beat like a drum. Rambha, their old maidservant was standing by the door. “What’s the matter, son?” she asked with a laugh. “I am frightened, Dai,” Mohan answered. ” Frightened, child! Frightened of what?” “See how dark it is! I’m afraid of ghosts!” Mohan whispered in a terrified voice. Rambha patted his head in affection and said, “Whoever heard of anyone being afraid of dark! Listen to me: Think of Rama and no ghost will dare come near you. No one will touch a hair of your head. Rama will protect you.”

These words of Rambha gave Gandhi, a lifetime of courage and we all have witnessed him as a brave hearted. That day was the last one when Gandhi Ji was afraid of night and ghosts.

Gandhi spent 21 years (1893–1914) of his life in South Africa, where he developed his political views, ethics and politics. He was a lawyer when he head turns in South Africa and was advocating for Abdullah’s cousin. He fought in SA for the civil rights as he faced discrimination from SA natives for his colour and heritage. His another true story, generated from South Africa.

2. When in South Africa, he set up an ashram where he started a school for children. He follows his own ideas on how children should be taught. In his school, he wanted to teach the boys true knowledge—knowledge that would improve both their minds and their hearts. He hated the examination system.

Gandhi Ji judge the students in his own ways like, to all the students, he asked the same question but often he praised the boy with low marks and scolded the one who had high marks. This puzzled the children. When questioned on this unusual practice, Gandhiji one day explained, “I am not trying to show that Shyam is cleverer than Ram. So I don’t give marks on that basis. I want to see how far each boy has progressed, how much he has learnt. If a clever student competes with a stupid one and begins to think no end of himself, he is likely to grow dull. Sure of his own cleverness, he’ll stop working. The boy who does his best and works hard will always do well and so I praise him.” He always praised those students who are tried hard and learn and gradually became the good student.

3. Soon after Gandhi’s return from South Africa, a meeting of the Congress was held in Bombay. Kaka Saheb Kalelkar went there to help. One day Kaka Saheb found Gandhiji anxiously searching around his desk. “What’s the matter? What are you looking for?” Kaka Saheb asked.
“I’ve lost my pencil,” Gandhiji answered. “It was only so big.”

Kaka Saheb was upset to see Gandhiji wasting time and worrying about a little pencil. He took out his pencil and offered it to him.

“No, no, I want my own little pencil,” Gandhiji insisted like a stubborn child. “Well, use it for the time being,” said Kaka Saheb. “I’ll find your pencil later. Don’t waste time looking for it now.” “You don’t understand. That little pencil is very precious to me,” Gandhiji insisted.

“Natesan’s little son gave it to me in Madras. He gave it with so much love and affection. I cannot bear to lose it.” Kaka Saheb didn’t argue any more. He joined Gandhiji in the search. Finally, they found it – a tiny piece, barely two inches long. But Gandhiji was delighted to get it back. To him, it was no ordinary pencil. It was the token of a child’s love and to Gandhi Ji, a child’s love was very precious.

It shows that Gandhi Ji aka Bapu loved their dear ones that even a small pencil was precious to him. This reminds us one of his saying which reads, “Where there is love there is life”.

Today, India’s PM Modi took to Twitter remembering Mahatma Gnadhi and wrote, “गांधी जयंती पर राष्ट्रपिता को शत्-शत् नमन। आज से हम पूज्य बापू के 150वें जयंती वर्ष में प्रवेश कर रहे हैं। उनके सपनों को पूर्ण करने का हम सभी के पास यह एक बहुत बड़ा अवसर है। #Gandhi150”.

Today, he also inaugurates the first Assembly of the International Solar Alliance. The programmes he’ll attend this day are linked to sanitation and renewable energy, subjects closely associated with Bapu’s emphasis on cleanliness and a clean environment.

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