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Wadan Narsey recalls Gandhi’s struggle

By ARISHMA DEVI The Indian High Commission’s Indian Cultural Centre and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School yesterday celebrated the birth of one of India’s most influential figure. Mahatma Gandhi, born
03 Oct 2012 12:18

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School students during Gandhi Day celebration at the school yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

By ARISHMA DEVI

The Indian High Commission’s Indian Cultural Centre and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School yesterday celebrated the birth of one of India’s most influential figure.
Mahatma Gandhi, born in October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India, is the so-called Father of the Nation, and in order to mark the occasion of his birthday India calls a national holiday to mark the Gandhi Jayanti (Birth).
Chief guest Dr Wadan Narsey highlighted the struggles faced by Gandhi ji saying that along the years Gandhi ji struggled to win protest using non-violence and firmly believed in democracy.
“Gandhi ji was an average student, a not so good lawyer but became a Mahatma and so could you students,” Dr Narsey said.
“Had Gandhi ji been present in Fiji today for sure he would have called for democracy and tackled the current issue faced by us in peace.”
Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.
Mahatma Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu Bania community in coastal Gujarat, and trained in law in London.
He became famous by fighting for the civil rights of Muslim and Hindu Indians in South Africa, using the new techniques of non-violent civil disobedience that he developed.
Upon his return to India in 1915, he organised peasants to protest excessive land-taxes.
He became a leader of Muslims protesting the declining status of the Caliphate.
Mahatma Gandhi sought to practice non-violence and truth in all situations and advocated others do the same.
Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, shot at point-blank range by Nathuram Godse.




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