October 2, 2019, marks the 150th birth anniversary of ‘Father of the Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi. An apostle of peace and non-violence, Gandhi’s life and ideologies have been celebrated and embraced around the world. His birthday is a major national holiday called Gandhi Jayanti, and it is marked with a prayer for peace, ceremonies and events throughout the country.
The United Nations has also declared October 2 as the International Day of Nonviolence to honor Gandhi’s message. Gandhi was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – he wasn’t known as the title Mahatma, which translates to “Great Soul,” until 1914. He was a lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer.
He became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India through his non-violent approach. Then, shortly after India gained independence, Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948.
Source: CNN News