Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, is regarded as the Father of Nation. Gandhi was a social reformist and leader of Indian Independence Movement who introduced the idea of non-violent resistance called Satyagrah. Gandhi was born in Gujarat and studied law at the Inner Temple, London. After organising a civil disobedience movement for Indians living in South Africa, he returned to India in 1915. In India, he set out on a train journey to different parts of the

country trying to understand problems of farmers, peasants and urban labourers and organising protests for them. He assumbed the leadership of Indian National Congress in 1921 and rose to become its most prominent leader and an iconic figure in Indian politics. He organised the Dandi Salt March in 1930 and Quit India Movement in 1942. He also worked for the upliftment of untouchables and have them a new name 'Harijan' meaning the children of God. Gandhi also wrote extensively for various newspapers and his symbol of self-reliance - the spinning wheel - became a popular symbol of Indian Independence Movement. Gandhi played a key role in pacifying people and averting the Hindu-Muslim riots as tensions rose before and during the partition of the country. He was shot dead by Nathuram Godse on January 31, 1948.

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Gandhi’s wariness of RSS' ideology is clear from his writings, historical record

As far as Gandhi’s views on the RSS are concerned, there are some scattered observations which give an understanding of what he thought of it.

Mumbai's first children's museum opens to public at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

The museum displays a wide range of art, from ancient sculptures to contemporary paintings, depicting India’s rich culture and heritage, re-interpreted through a child’s imagination. The 50 artefacts include a sculpture of freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi’s Charkha.

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The meeting with Golwalkar: What Gandhi really said

He was unconvinced by RSS chief after 1947 meeting, stood against majoritarianism

Suresh Sharma’s first play on Gandhi traces the evolution of a leader through freedom movements

To mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma, Suresh Sharma is directing a play, Pehla Satyagrahi, (pictured) with the NSD Repertory Company, of which he is the chief.

A new play explores Gandhian Narayan Desai’s account of being a child at Sabarmati ashram

Over the last year, MK Raina has staged Stay Yet A While and Hatya Ek Aakar Ki on Mahatma Gandhi. Now, he has turned Desai’s memoir into a musical play, Baabla Aur Bapu @ Sabarmati Ashram.

A Free Mind

Kanwal Pal Singh explores these ideas with his exhibition ‘MG@150’ at Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh. Singh looks at Gandhi’s beliefs and ideologies and how they influence young minds.

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Fight RSS ideology that is trying to divide India: Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson

Tushar called for revitalisation of Gandhian institutes by enrolling youth as volunteers to take forward the work of the Father of the Nation. “We will also have to think how we are wasting the year of 150th birth anniversaries of Ba and Bapu,” he said.

The Mahatma and the Sangh

Mutual respect between Gandhi and RSS is not widely known.

Ramachandra Guha: Mahatma Gandhi mediocre student, but greatest since Buddha to get his works together

Guha also recounted that while Muhammad Ali Jinnah sounded like a “phonograph record, possessed by a complete certitude, Gandhi believed in dialogue and was open to change”.

Mahatma Gandhi’s wheelchair-bound relative summoned by Surat official to second-floor office

Shivalaxmi Gandhi, the granddaughter-in-law of Mahatma Gandhi, ran into difficulty trying to register a charitable trust when an official of the Charity Commissionerate in Surat criticised a representative of the elderly woman for “using” Gandhi’s name.

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Meet the Swachh Bharat footsoldiers who clean where Mahatma Gandhi once walked

Gandhi Jayanti 2018: As the nation marks the Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary on October 2, Rinku remains one of the countless footsoldiers on the ground of Swachh Bharat, the flagship initiative launched on Gandhi Jayanti four years ago. The initiative aims at turning Gandhi’s vision of cleanliness into reality.

Making of a Mahatma

Kolkata-based artist Monty Paul has almost finished making a statue of Mahatma Gandhi which will be unveiled on 2nd October as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations. Photo essay by Partha Paul

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Gandhi Jayanti 2018: Five quotes by Mahatma Gandhi on education

Gandhi Jayanti 2017: Here are some quotes by Mahatma Gandhi on education, literacy and learning.

Rabindranath Tagore's 77th death anniversary: Rare photos of 'Gurudev' with Mahatma Gandhi

Rabindranath Tagore was India’s first Nobel Laureate and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for ‘Gitanjali’, which is Tagore’s best-known collection of poetry. Tagore breathed his last on 7th August, 1941.

Mahatma Gandhi death anniversary: President, PM among leaders pay tribute to 'Father of the Nation'

India on Monday remembered the father of the nation on his 70th death anniversary.

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Prince William, Kate Middleton pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti

Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 11 paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi and martrys at Amar Jawan Jyoti, during their visit to Gandhi Smriti and the India Gate in New Delhi.

President Mukherjee, PM Modi, Sonia remember Mahatma Gandhi on his 68th death anniversary

President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Congress President Sonia Gandhi remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 68th death anniversary and paid homage to the Father of the Nation.

Gandhi Jayanti: Modi, Sonia, Pranab pay homage at Rajghat

The nation today remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 146th birth anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and other leaders paying floral tributes to him at his memorial in New Delhi.

Nation pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 66th death anniversary

Politicians paid respect to Father of the Nation at Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, on his death anniversary.

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Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and sons perform at the 73rd UN Day concert

Along with him were his sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash and the Refugee Orchestra Project conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya. They were performing at the 73rd United Nations day concert held on Wednesday in New York. This year's theme was

The thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi that still keep the world motivated

On the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, The Indian Express brings you the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi that still keep India and the world motivated.

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PM Modi interacts with IAS probationers in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted with 181 IAS probationers of the 2015 batch at the Parliament library. The Prime Minister urged the IAS probationers to recall Mahatma Gandhi's talisman of keeping in mind the welfare of the poorest of the poor, while taking decisions. He also stressed on the fact that the probationers were now to undertake 'service' rather than 'job'.

PM Modi addresses students at BHU (Part - 2)

Varanasi, Feb 22 (ANI): Speaking at the convocation ceremony of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said both Mahamana, that is Madan Mohan Malviya, and Mahatma Gandhi had a vision of creating leaders. They wanted to teach the youth how to contribute to the country. He stated that the ceremony is ‘dikshant samaroh’ and not a ‘shikshant samaroh’. Modi concluded by saying that exploitation of nature is a crime and Indians knew how to take care of it.

PM Modi addresses students at BHU (Part - 1)

Varanasi, Feb 22 (ANI): Speaking at the convocation ceremony of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said both Mahamana, that is Madan Mohan Malviya, and Mahatma Gandhi had a vision of creating leaders. They wanted to teach the youth how to contribute to the country. He stated that the ceremony is ‘dikshant samaroh’ and not a ‘shikshant samaroh’. Modi concluded by saying that exploitation of nature is a crime and Indians knew how to take care of it.

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Hollande pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): The visiting French President, Francois Hollande, paid tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat on Monday. He was accompanied by Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar. Later, Hollande also planted a sapling in the Rajghat premises. The French President was earlier accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

A Hindu and Muslim kite-maker work together in the state of Gujarat spreading harmony

Gujarat, Jan 21 (ANI): Time and again, people in India have proved their unity through innumerable examples of friendship and acts of harmony. An example of this can be seen in India's western city of Ahmadabad where two kite-makers have been working towards spreading communal harmony through messages scripted on their kites. They make kites with messages of harmony written over them. Radheshyam Gupta read out a short poem printed on one of the kites that speaks about the unity that exists between the people of different communities in India.Radheshyam and Iqbal on their kites write about the growing influence of social media and even try to create awareness about pressing issues such as the ‘Save the girl child, educate the girl child’ initiative of the government, ill effects of consumption of tobacco and more. Their collection also comprises kites with speeches by India's iconic freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi, philosopher-thinker Swami Vivekananda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and social activist Anna Hazare. The two men do not believe in discrimination on the basis of religion, and wish to spread the message of oneness among the people through their friendship and work.

Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas dedicated to overseas Indians: Swaraj

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): While addressing the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas on Saturday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the day is dedicated to overseas Indians. Explaining about the day, Swaraj said in the year 2003, under the leadership of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a decision was taken to celebrate Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas on January 9. She further stated that the reason behind selecting January 9 for Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas was that Mahatma Gandhi had returned from South Africa on this day in 1915 and this day is being celebrated across the world.

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