Gandhi Jayanti is an
occasion for us to reflect on the life and contribution of the Father of
our Nation. This is also a day to re-dedicate ourselves to Gandhiji’s
commitment to non-violence. We need to imbibe wisdom from Gandhiji’s
thoughts and actions to address the present day problems that confront
our nation and society.
Gandhiji displayed a rare constellation of abilities. It was his quality
of practising what he preached that made him the real Mahatma. Gandhiji
understood the psyche of the people with his keen intuition and
sensitive heart. By his charismatic mobilization of popular feeling he
showed how an individual can bring social and political changes.
Mahatma Gandhi had an exemplary passion for justice and an indefatigable
spirit of service to mankind. The hallmark of his personality was
austerity and transparency. The essence of Gandhiji’s political
philosophy was the empowerment of every individual.
Today, Mahatma Gandhi’s message of truth and non-violence needs to be
internalized so that the world realises the futility of violence in
achieving any objective. We need to find creative inspiration from
Gandhian philosophy and embrace Gandhian spirit and values. The
challenge before us is to individually and collectively emulate
Gandhiji’s ideals of peace and non-violence, whose relevance has only
Gandhiji’s ideas continue to transform diverse societies across the
world. Let us draw upon Gandhiji’s philosophy and employ it in all walks
of life. His message and example should give us the strength and
inspiration to make sustainable changes that mankind needs for the
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, let us take a pledge to ensure that
the Mahatma forever remains alive in our hearts, minds and actions.