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150 Years of the Mahatma

By Editor's Desk, October 2, 2019, Categories: Edutainment, Featured, In the Mood, Kids, Slider

Today marks 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, and the whole world is commemorating it with events, rallies, marches and more. Since 2007, October 2nd has been observed as International Nonviolence Day. And references to the ‘Gandhian’ way of life remain relevant even today.

After a century and a half, the Mahatma’s teachings serve as the guiding force for generations. On this special day, here’s sharing some of his many wise quotes that are much needed reminders for how to overcome our current-day issues.

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

How true that the self-sustaining planet can continue to be home for all, is rapidly nearing its alarming end only because we depleted the resources for more than our needs.

“Sanitation is more important that independence.”

Gandhi was practicing and preaching cleanliness throughout his life. His message remains relevant even today. A true Gandhian, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the ‘Swachh Bharat’ movement and announced that from this day on India is free from public defecation.

In fact, during his speech in Houston, an NRI in the audience – Ramesh Modi, dressed like Mahatma Gandhi, said, “Modi aur Gandhi ek hi hain, these are saints, fakirs. Gandhi was a fakir, same nature exactly.”

“Nonviolence is the weapon of the strong.”

Very recently we Hongkongers have witnessed both – the silent protests and the violent one. Only time will tell how it will end but a gentle reminder of the power of nonviolence is the need of the hours.

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers, but on load from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.”

We can think of no one better than the most talked about person in the world today – young Greta Thunberg, who is reminding us of exactly this.

“God has no religion.”

In a world that is divided mostly by religion, this is quote seems like the simplest, most effective solution.

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

Gandhi’s immeasurable wisdom knew even centuries ago, that a nation is strong when its moves forward taking even its weakest citizens along. The efforts of humanitarians everywhere bring hope for a world like that.

Keeping the humanitarian spirit alive, our very own Woodlands restaurant revives its old tradition of celebrating Gandhi Jayanti by hosting a unique Charity Lunch & Dinner where guests can ‘eat as much as they can and pay as much as they wish’.

As Gandhi continues to remain relevant in our lives even today, let’s try to adopt more and more Gandhian ways for a better future.

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