Thought for the Day
“You can chain me, you can torture me,
you can even destroy this body,
but you will never imprison my mind.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Born: 2 October 1869 Porbandar, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died: 30 January 1948 (aged 78) New Delhi, Union of India
The pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement. He pioneered satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa, or total nonviolence, which helped India to gain independence, and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is often referred to as Mahatma Gandhi “Great Soul”, an honorific first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore, and in India also as Bapu (Gujarati: b?pu or “Father”). He is officially honoured in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.