World marks 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi
Today marks the 150th birth anniversary of the man often referred to as the ‘Father of the Nation’. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an influential leader known for his principles of ‘ahimsa’ (non-violence). An advocate for equality, he is one of the many freedom fighters who stood relentless in the face of adversity and made ‘swaraj’ (freedom) possible for India. An international figure, he has influenced many other prominent leaders like Rev Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, former US president Barack Obama and, Albert Einstein.
Gandhi’s anniversary was celebrated across India, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying special tribute to him at Rajghat. On the occasion, he announced rural India free of open-defecation, and also wrote an op-ed in New York Times titled ‘Why India and the World Need Gandhi’.
In UAE, the Gandhi Sahitya Vedi conducted various events. Schools across Dubai participated in the Gandhi Global Solar Yatra 2019, where children and teachers assembled solar lamp kits. Meanwhile people across Britain gathered at different locations and sang Gandhi’s favourite bhajans and paid tributes to the leader. Ruchi Ghanashyam, Indian High Commissioner to the UK, lead tributes at the Gandhi statues at Tavistock Square and Parliament Square.
While people around the globe admire Gandhi and his philosophies, he has remained a controversial character. In his long and fulfilling life in the public eye, Gandhi talked about politics, economics, religion, minority rights, and sexuality.