Today’s Gandhi Jayanti
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Gandhi ji, Bapu and simply the Mahatma, was a civil rights activist who successfully fought for India’s independence from British rule. He’s revered in India and around the world for good reason.
On the 2nd October 1869 Gandhi was born. On this day, his contribution towards the Indian freedom struggle is remembered. His methods of achieving change, non violence and actions of mass civil disobedience, forced the British to listen and an independent India arose in 1947.
On Gandhi ji’s birth anniversary, here’s some information about the man who inspired millions of ordinary Indians to stand up against British rule.
Podcast: Get to know all about Gandhi ji in fifteen minutes
Sunil Khilnani, professor and director of the Indian Institute at Kings College London, is a man who knows a thing or two India and its people. He’s also knows how to tell a terrific story and does so superbly in his book and audio series, Incarnations: India in 50 lives.
One of Khilnani’s incredible Indians in Gandhi. Listen to the podcast by clicking on this link and searching for Gandhi.
Oscar winning film: Gandhi.
Richard Attenborough’s 1982 Oscar best picture, Gandhi, tells the story of India’s Independence and Gandhi far better than I can. It’s two and a half hours long, so sit back, pour yourself some chai and watch the story of Gandhi ji and modern India unfold. Click here to watch the film on You Tube.
In Person: Gandhi Smriti
Gandhi Smriti, a museum dedicated to the life story of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, is housed in the building and grounds of Birla House. It was here where the father of the nation was assassinated in 1948.
Located on Tees January Lane, Birla House, New Delhi. Open from 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday. This google map shows you where to go.