In the year 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2nd October as the International Day of Non-Violence. Particularly “2nd October” was chosen to celebrate this day because 2nd October is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the harbinger of “Peace and Non Violence”. Gandhiji had dedicated his entire life for his motherland India. Mahatma Gandhi’s dedication for the freedom of his nation from the colonial rule by means of non violence has set an example for the entire world.
Ever read Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s autobiography “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”?
Gandhiji had always wanted a peaceful and united India with the inclusion of villages. Unfortunately, with the onslaught of time India’s unity and peace is diminishing and nonviolent activities in India are thriving. This India is opposite to the Gandhi’s India.
Mahatma Gandhi was against racism to this extent that he had fought against this evil even in South Africa. He was thrown out of the train at the Pietermaritzburg railway station by the authorities because a white man complained of an Indian sharing the space with him. This led him to fight the racial discrimination being faced by Indians there. He launched various campaigns against the white regime and founded the Natal Indian Congress to fight against the discrimination of Indians in South Africa and was soon regarded as their leader.
And what about today?? Things have really turned dirty in India. The fair skin supremacy demon has captured the minds of majority of Indians. The situation is this bad that out of the entire facial care market, almost 50% revenue comes from skin whitening and lightening creams. In addition to this, several surveys suggest that girls with dark complexion are demanded more dowry than the ones with fairer skin complexion.
Gandhiji’s advocacy of unity and brotherhood is indeed enchanting. Do you know where the father of the nation was when the entire nation was celebrating the first Independence Day? Gandhi was in Calcutta, trying hard to end the violence that had torn the nation apart.
“I will not be satisfied until Hindus and Muslims felt safe in one another’s company and returned to their own homes to life as before.”Gandhi, 15th August after restoring peace
Are the Indians united today? The answer is a “big no”. Of course even today there are many Indians who believe in the concept of unity but the number of such individuals is dwindling. Lately there is a sudden increase in the number of cases where Indian Muslims have been harassed, attacked, injured and sometimes lynched by mob too. Gandhi would have never supported this sort of an ambience in India.
Gandhiji’s most captivating views are on the issues of nonviolence. And right here the only question that should strike the minds of Indians is : “Whether the recent incidents restore the concept of nonviolence?” The Palghar lynching, the Delhi riots, the Dadri mob lynching, the Hashimpura massacre, Bulandshahr incident, Bangalore riots etc etc. Indians need to deeply introspect where they are actually headed to. These incidents have truly maligned the “Peaceful Indian Image” of the entire country.
Gandhiji had always encouraged women participation in the country’s struggle for independence. Indian women led by figures like Sarojini Naidu and Matangini Hazra had joined Gandhi’s salt satyagraha. Gandhi was against any sort of violence against women. But today, violence against women is the fastest growing crime in India.
“Yatra naryastu pujyante ramante tatra Devata”Manusmriti (3.56)
Translation: Wherever women are given their due respect, even the deities like to reside there and where they are not respected, all actions remain unfruitful.
The above mentioned shloka has lost its sanctity. According to a report prepared by India’s National Crime Records Bureau a crime has been recorded against women in every three minutes in India. Every 60 minutes, two women are raped in this country. Every six hours, a young married woman is found beaten to death, burnt or driven to suicide.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, twenty one dowry deaths in a single day are reported in India with a conviction rate of only 34.75%.
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Respected Gandhiji, this condition of India must have grieved you wherever you are and this must have stopped you from resting in peace.
Dear Indians, this Gandhi Jayanti do your bit for “Bapu”. Leave behind all sorts of prejudice and intolerance. Let us again make our Bharat more united, non violent and peaceful. Jai Hind.