In India, there are several days declared as Martyrs’ Day (at the national level also known as Sarvodaya day). They are named in honour of those who are recognized as martyrs for the nation.
Seventy years after Mohandas Gandhi died, people have come to recognize his assassination (or the argued causes behind it) as a fault-line between competing ideas of modern India.
Significance of 30 January
30 January is the date observed at the national level. The date was chosen as it marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948, by Nathuram Godse.On Martyr’s Day the president, the vice president, the prime minister, the defense minister, and the three Service Chiefs gather at the samadhi at Raj Ghat memorial and lay wreaths decorated with multi-color flowers. The armed forces personnel blow bugles sounding the Last Post. The inter-services contingent reverses arms as a mark of respect. A two-minute silence in memory of Indian martyrs is observed throughout the country at 11 AM. Participants hold all-religion prayers and sing tributes.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi was the great Indian figure who enlightened the world with the principles of truth and non-violence.
He belonged to an age when the principle of “Might is right” was the notion of the time. Countries were engaged fighting each other while displaying their powers.
Gandhi condemned the mass killing incident of Jalianwala Bath.
He was a saint. He was praised even by the British community.
Mahatma Gandhi’s title “Mahatma” According to some authors, Rabindranath Tagore is said to have used on March 6, 1915, this title for Gandhi.
Famous Quotes :
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”
“Prayer is the key of morning and the bolt of an evening”
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”