Wednesday, August 9, 2017

On 75th anniversary of Quit India movement, Gandhi continues to inspire us

On 75th anniversary of Quit India movement, Gandhi continues to inspire us

- Jatin Desai

Quit India Movement
We will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement on August 9. It was the last mass agitation before India became Independent on August 15, 1947. A day before i.e. on August 14 India was divided and a new nation Pakistan came into existence. On August 8, at Mumbai’s Gowalia Tank, Mahatma Gandhi gave a call for ‘Do or Die’ in his speech. The call for Quit India galvanized the people of the country. British imperialists arrested thousands of Indians. Gowalia Tank is now called August Kranti Maidan. The month of August is significant as far as India’s Independence is concerned. On August 1, 1920, non-cooperation movement against imperialist Britain was launched. It was in the background of the Jalianwala Bagh massacre and Rowlatt Act.

Mahatma Gandhi addressed the Congress session on August 8 and gave a call for ‘Do or Die’. He said, “There is a mantra, short one that I give you. You imprint it on your heart and let every breath of yours give an expression to it. The mantra is do or die.”

Thought For The Day ( AHIMSA )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Ahimsa

Monday, August 7, 2017

Toddler in pram is youngest participant at Hiroshima Day rally


Toddler in pram is youngest participant at Hiroshima Day rally

"NO MORE HIROSHIMA" - A call for peace and & Nuclear-free World by 1,000 students on the eve of 72nd Hiroshima Day

Hiroshima Day Peace Rally 2017

Nearly 1,000 students led a peace rally from Azad Maidan to Hutatma Chowk Saturday, August 5, 2017 to mark the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the USA during World War II.

"Students wore outfits embossed or painted with skulls and carried graphic posters depicting the horror caused by the atom bomb. Large banners bearing slogans like 'No More Hiroshima', 'We want to grow up, not blow up', 'No: Bomb Yes: Peace' were abundantly visible. The youngest participant was a toddler in a pram,"



Thought For The Day ( SELF )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Self

Friday, July 21, 2017

Generations will remember Bhilare Guruji for saving Mahatma Gandhi in 1944 - The facts behind

Generations will remember Bhilare Guruji for saving Mahatma Gandhi in 1944

(The facts behind)


Generations will remember Bhilare Guruji for saving Mahatma Gandhi in Panchgani in 1944. Mahatma Gandhi and several other leaders were arrested after All India Congress Committee passed the Quit India resolution post mid-night of August 8, 1942. Gandhiji was released from the Aga Khan Palace Prison on May 6, 1944. He had contracted malaria and went to Panchgani for rest on the advice of his physician. His wife Kasturba and secretary Mahadev Desai died in the Aga Khan Palace. It was in July 1944 that Nathuram Godse tried to attack Mahatma with a dagger. At that time there was no Pakistan and so no question of giving Rs 55 crore to Pakistan.

Bhilare Guruji passed away on July 19, 2017 at the age of 98 in his village Bhilar in Satara district. He was a young boy when Gandhiji was resting in Dilkhush Bungalow in Panchgani. Bhilare Guruji and other youths were looking after Gandhiji. One day a group of 18 to 20 people came from Poona (now Pune) in a bus and held a day-long demonstration against Gandhiji. When Gandhiji came to know about the protest he invited the leader of the group Nathuram Godse for a discussion. Godse refused to meet him.

Thought For The Day ( TOLERANCE )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Tolerance

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Gandhi Journal Article-III ( JULY 2017 ) - Relevance of Gandhi in modern times

Gandhi Journal Article-III ( JULY 2017 )

Relevance of Gandhi in modern times

By Rajen Baura 

Looking at the present state of affairs in India, the birthplace of Gandhi, one would probably surmise that Gandhism, whatever the term may mean, cannot have any relevance in this twenty-first century. Gandhi is rightly called the Father of the Nation because he single handedly stood up against the mighty British Empire, without any arms, and brought her independence. However, today, Gandhi is mostly forgotten and his relevance questioned even by his ardent devotees. Today Gandhi is remembered in India mostly on his birthday which is celebrated as a national holiday rather as a ritual.

As a matter of fact, India is not following any of Gandhi's teachings which are mostly confined to text books. In fact, since independence, the country has witnessed many violent communal riots in this multi communal country. Gandhi's message of ‘swabalambi’, self-sufficiency with home spun ‘khadi’ cloth is not used now a days even as a social slogan. Statistics show that the country is definitely not following ‘sarvodaya’, a broad Gandhian term meaning 'universal upliftment' or ‘progress of all’ reaching the masses and the downtrodden. On the contrary, India today has the unique distinction of being the only country in the world which has the richest man in the world while at the same time more than 30 per cent of its population lives in dire poverty.

The above shows that today, Gandhism is a very confused ‘ism’ in India. Today many politicians in India use the term merely as a slogan and the common man make Gandhi almost out of reach of the younger groups by making Gandhi an unwilling ‘avatara’. That may be one reason why the only photo we see of Gandhi in India is always that of an old man which brings the image of a very simple and pious man who was meek and mild like Jesus Christ. While Gandhi was not a simple man to say the least, the above does not gives the right image of Gandhi and does not bring any inspiration to the younger group, the group most relevant for Gandhi.

Thought For The Day ( NON-VIOLENCE )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Non-violence

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gandhi Journal Article-I ( JULY 2017 ) - Mohan to Mahatma journey through Champaran

Gandhi Journal Article-I ( JULY 2017 )

Mohan to Mahatma  journey through Champaran

By Ansuman Tripathy 

He had arrived in India two years before and following the advice of guru Gokhale had travelled the length and breadth of the country to see, feel and comprehend the miseries of his people before plunging into public service. He was deeply moved by the poverty, hunger, disease, superstitions, evil caste system and all other financial, moral and social maladies that had encased his countrymen and encompassed his country. He had taken a secret vow to eradicate the maladies as best as he could, of course, under the rule of the union jack. Freedom of his country was not at the wildest of his dreams then.

Thought For The Day ( HUMILITY )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Humility