Today is the 143rd anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of modern India due to his work at achieving independence for his country from Britain. It is also the International Day of Non-Violence that was established by the United Nations in his honor. His fundamental values were truth and nonviolence. Important leaders such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela strive to emulate him.

 

A bust of Gandhi in his home Mani Bhavan in Bombay, India.

A bust of Gandhi in his home Mani Bhavan in Bombay, India.

 

Gandhi’s birth is celebrated across India as a national holiday known as Gandhi Jayanti. On this day, the President and Prime Minister pay homage at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated. Prayers are read and his favorite song is sung.

 

Read about Gandhi’s life

 

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