Re-learning non-violence on Martyr's Day

On 30th January 1948, non-violent Indian freedom fighter Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated. This day is observed as Martyr’s Day on a national level. It is one of the five annually recurring Martyr’s Days which have been declared in India, four of which mark the great sacrifices of freedom fighters of the Indian Independence Movement, and one is specifically commemorated by all the Police Departments in India, in honour of the Central Reserve Police Force which was ambushed by Chinese forces during the Sino-Indian border dispute.  

List of the 5 Martyr’s Days
January 30: In honour of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
March 23: In honour of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar, Shivaram Rajguru
October 21: Police Martyr’s Day
November 17: In honour of Lala Lajpat Rai
November 19: In honour of Rani Lakshmi Bai

This year, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi convened at Raj Ghat to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary. “We salute all the martyrs who laid down their lives for India. The country remains eternally grateful to them for their service and sacrifice”, the Prime Minister tweeted today morning. While at Raj Ghat, Modi addressed to the press with a reassurance saying “We reiterate our commitment to follow the path shown by him and abide by the values he stood for”. President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted early this morning saying “On Martyr’s Day, we gratefully remember Mahatma Gandhi and the countless freedom fighters who sacrificed their all for our independence.” For his part, Rahul Gandhi tweeted a quote by the Father of the Nation — “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its weak and vulnerable members are treated”. (-IANS)

-Kanchan Agarwal
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