Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Born on 2 October 1869, was the primary leader of India’s independence movement and also the architect of a form of non-violent civil disobedience that would influence the world.
A seminal moment in Gandhi’s life occurred days later on June 7, 1893, during a train trip to Pretoria when a white man objected to his presence in the first-class railway compartment, although he had a ticket. Refusing to move to the back of the train, Gandhi was forcibly removed and thrown off the train at a station in Pietermaritzburg. His act of civil disobedience awoke in him a determination to devote himself to fighting the “deep disease of color prejudice.” He vowed that night to “try, if possible, to root out the disease and suffer hardships in the process.” From that night forward, the small, unassuming man would grow into a giant force for civil rights.
We salute and honor Gandhi for fighting injustice through non-violence.
‘First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win’
On this Gandhi Birth Anniversary let us be peaceful in our actions too.