Remembering Gandhi

Children in India dressed as the country's revered former leader Mahatma Gandhi today in celebration of his birthday. Tomorrow is Gandhi's birthday, which is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti - a national holiday which is celebrated across the country.

Ghandi will also be remembered throughout the world tomorrow. In 2007, the United Nations declared Gandhi's birthday the International Day of Non-Violence, in recognition of the way his peaceful work led India to independence. Gandhi's mode of mass mobilization and non-violent action inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He was killed in 1948 while walking on the grounds of his house in New Delhi.

"I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life."


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