Happy Birthday Gandhiji
Today marks the United Nations’ International Day of Non-Violence, which annually coincides with the birthdate of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Born on October 2, 1869 in the state of Gujarat, Gandhi studied law in London before spending 20 years as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa. It was here he founded the practice of satyagraha, employing love and truth as a force against injustice. The rest of his life – from 1915 to his death by assassins’ bullets in 1947 – was dedicated to Indian independence from British rule.
Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India, leading the Indian National Congress during the freedom struggle. He worked closely with Gandhi for over three decades – both following and dissenting from the Mahatma’s guidance.
Here are four quotes from Gandhi and four excerpts about Gandhi from Nehru’s The Discovery of India.
- “Fearlessness is the first requisite of…
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