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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.

MAHATMA GANDHI NEWS

Hindus can never be anti-India, patriotism is their basic character, says RSS chief citing Gandhi

January 01, 2021 10:36 pm

Bhagwat was speaking at an event to release the book titled 'Making of a Hindu Patriot: Background of Gandhiji's Hind Swaraj', authored by JK Bajaj and MD Srinivas.

'Appalling it has happened more than once': US on desecration of Mahatma Gandhi's statue

December 16, 2020 10:23 am

A violent group of 'Khalistani separatists' on Saturday desecrated Mahatma Gandhi's statue outside the Indian embassy in Washington during a demonstration by Sikh-American youths in support of farmers protesting against the recently enacted agriculture laws in India.

Mahatma Gandhi's statue vandalised by 'Khalistani supporters' in US

December 13, 2020 2:42 pm

The Indian Embassy condemned the “mischievous act” by hooligans masquerading as protesters.

US House of Representatives passes legislation to promote Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr's legacies

December 04, 2020 12:00 pm

The Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act authorises the State Department, in cooperation with the Indian government, to establish an annual educational forum for scholars from both countries that focuses on the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

Mahatma Gandhi's iconic statue, part of Parliament's identity, site of protest and veneration

November 26, 2020 7:53 am

Parliament House officials told The Indian Express that the statue would be placed at the main entrance of the new building, once it was complete.

South African great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi Satish Dhupelia succumbs to COVID-19

November 23, 2020 7:26 am

Dhupelia's sister Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie confirmed that her brother had died of COVID-19 related complications after he contracted the disease in hospital where he had been under treatment for a month due to pneumonia.

Gandhi's writings gave voice to some of my deepest instincts: Barack Obama

November 17, 2020 6:20 pm

"Despite his labours, he hadn't undone India's stifling caste system. Somehow, though, he'd marched, fasted, and preached well into his seventies until that final day in 1948, when on his way to prayer, he was shot at point-blank range by a young Hindu extremist who viewed his ecumenism as a betrayal of the faith," Obama writes.

Nepal President unveils pictorial anthology on Mahatma Gandhi

November 10, 2020 11:07 am

The book has been published by the Embassy of India along with the B P Koirala India-Nepal Foundation to "cherish the values of the Mahatma's universal teachings with our Nepali friends," said the press release.

How Gandhi’s assassination left one family not only shocked, but also politicised

October 10, 2020 7:01 pm

In her memoir, The Brass Notebook, economist Devaki Jain combines the personal and the political to give a vivid account of a nation stepping into Independence

Watch: Projection on London's India House shows excerpts of Mahatma Gandhi's life

October 05, 2020 11:34 am

From featuring some of the popular sayings by Gandhi to showing historic moments such as the 'Salt March', the video concludes with 'Bapu' spinning the wheel.

MAHATMA GANDHI PHOTOS

Gandhi Jayanti 2020: Have you read these 5 books on Mahatma Gandhi?

October 02, 2020 2:42 pm

Here are some books on and by Mahatma Gandhi which attempt to unravel the leader

Leaders pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversaries

October 02, 2020 12:39 pm

On the birth anniversary of national icons Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, tributes pour in from across the political spectrum.

Great grandson Tushar Gandhi retraces Mahatma's journey on 90th anniversary of Dandi March

March 12, 2020 6:25 pm

Tushar Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, led a march from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi in south Gujarat on Thursday, marking the 90th anniversary of the historic Dandi march by Mahatma Gandhi. (Express photo by Javed Raja)

Mahatma Gandhi lookalike reaches Eden Gardens for India-Bangladesh test match

November 24, 2019 7:59 am

There is a galaxy of stars in Eden, from statesman to sporting legend. But who would have thought that Bapuji himself would make his way to Eden that too witness a historical match?

The house in Kolkata that hosted Gandhi is now a museum; see pics

October 03, 2019 7:11 am

In 1947, just as India was becoming independent, Mahatma Gandhi was quietly protesting the sectarian violence that had engulfed the nation. He had moved to Kolkata's Hyderi Manzil along with some of his followers. On his 150th birthday, the house has become a full-fledged museum.

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi: Rare photos of the Father of the Nation

October 03, 2019 7:11 am

On Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, here is a look at his rare photos from Express Archives.

India celebrates Gandhi Jayanti: PM Modi, President Kovind pay tribute to the Mahatma

October 03, 2019 7:12 am

School, colleges and institutes across the country will organise special events today and through the week to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of The Mahatma.

Making of a Mahatma

October 04, 2018 7:27 am

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

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

October 09, 2018 8:10 am

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.

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

August 07, 2018 1:23 pm

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 VIDEOS

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

June 22, 2020 6:12 pm

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

June 22, 2020 6:14 pm

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.

PM Modi interacts with IAS probationers in Delhi

February 23, 2016 2:05 pm

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)

February 22, 2016 11:43 am

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)

February 22, 2016 11:39 am

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.

Hollande pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

January 25, 2016 7:26 am

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

January 21, 2016 11:48 am

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

January 09, 2016 12:38 pm

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.