My favorite national hero - Gandhiji

In this essay, I am briefly writing a biography of the Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi. He led a life of truth and constantly only thought about the welfare of people. We must salute such a great leader of our nation.

A national hero is a person who always looks after the welfare of the nation. They dedicate their life for progress of a nation. So my favorite national leader is Gandhiji who strove hard to gain independence for India. When Indian gained independence, even then he helped many poor and struggling people of our nation. He preached the principle of non-violence and taught our nation the greatest values.

Personal life of Gandhiji

Gandhiji was born in Porbunder in Gujarat to Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai Gandhi on October 2, 1869 in a respectable family. His father Karamchand Gandhi was a statesman who served the prime minister of Porbunder then. From his childhood, Gandhiji was greatly influenced by the teachings of his mother who was a pious lady. She told him many moral stories and inculcated values in his mind. He was named as Mohandas by his parents.

He competed his early education in Porbunder and at the age of 11 left for Rajkot with his family, joining a high school in Rajkot. For higher studies, he moved to London and returned to India as a barrister. But he was touched by the prevailing conditions in India and decided to gain independence to India.

Fight for Indian movement

Gandhiji actively took part in the Indian independence movement and was even jailed a few times. He was known for actively participating in the Dandi March movement when the Britishers levied tax on salt. During this movement, he fasted for 21 days and walked for more than 300 kms from Ahmedabad to Dandi to make salt. Besides this movement, he also took part in 'Quit India Movement', 'Non-co-operation movement, Khilfat Movement, to gain independence. But he did not use any weapon during any of these movements. He also helped the British government during World War I.

Gandhiji's teaching and philosophy

Gandhiji preached about truth and non-violence to the Indians. He taught the greatest lessons of truth, integrity and social co-operation to the people. He wrote a book on 'My experiences with truth' in which he explained how he spoke truth under any circumstance and he was highly appreciated by children by writing this book.

During the freedom movement, he also preached about self-reliance and patriotism. He started weaving clothes by using a spinning wheel that was named as 'Charkha'. He began wearing clothes made of Khadi and revealed the importance of Khadi dressing. The Indians were highly encouraged by the teaching of patriotism and they began manufacturing their own products. Gandhi was a great thinker who preached about internal happiness to the people worldwide.

He was against untouchability practices in the society and fought for the justice of people who were considered inferior in the society. He called them "Harijans' which means that they are the children of God.

Death of Gandhiji

This great leader was killed by a nationalist named Nathuram Godse in New Delhi at Birla House on January 30, 1948. But, even today, he is remembered worldwide for his patriotism, courage to stand for truth and his concern for others. He is known as 'Bapuji' by Indians.


Author: K Mohan20 Jun 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

The author has tried her best to bring about the details of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation and surely everyone who read this article would further share more information to make this article awesome. In this regard what I wish to share is that, in the history of the world, no leader was looking as simple as Gandhiji and where ever he went, he never changed his dress for the purpose of pleasing the guests and thus his simplicity had won the hearts of many leaders across the world and they follow his ideals very much. And the fan following he had those days without any social media or the electronic media at the helm, we cannot imagine the popularity which even the BBC has praised and recorded in many programs. One thing is sure, no one can equal the character of Mahatma Gandhi and that is truth.

Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao20 Jun 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

Good article Ms.Swati. You have narrated the history of a well known leader of our Nation. One good aspect of Gandhiji is he was never after power or position. He worked selflessly for the cause of the country. He never lived a rich life. He lead the whole country from the front in pressuring the British and made them to yield. His life is an example of simplicity. The Present Prime Minister's pet program Swachh Bharat was visualised by Gandhiji in those days. He always used to advocate the importance of cleanliness. My salutations to this Super Hero.

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