An Acrostic story or poem is a series of lines or verses where the first letters add up to form a word. Mohandas Gandhi's birthday on October 2nd is celebrated across India.
Mohandas Gandhi was born in Gujarat, India on the 2nd of October, 1869.
Oddly enough, he married his wife and life partner, Kasturbai, at age thirteen. She was to become his rock and most enthusiastic supporter till the day she died.
He left Gujarat for England on September 4, 1888 to study law; he became a barrister. Initially, he tried to learn the ways of the English people, but soon gave it up as it made him feel awkward.
After returning home to India, his law practice didn’t do well. He then left for South Africa to take up a job there as legal counsel with a law firm. He became a leader of the Indian community.
Next, he was outraged that colored people in South Africa had to sit in the third class compartments on trains. One night, he was forced to get out of a first class car and spend the night alone at Maritzburg station because of the color of his skin!
Despite his success in South Africa, when he returned to India, he was saddened by the problems in his own country, like discrimination and poverty. He traveled all over India to get to know his people better.
Ahimsa or nonviolence became his mantra. He converted many Indian leaders to a nonviolent way of life by convincing them that violence only begot more violence.
Satyagraha, or holding on to the truth, also became his motto. He felt that to see the spirit of Truth, one must love thy enemy.
Gandhi wore only homespun cloth called khadi. It became a symbol of Indian independence, and a way to protest the unfair practices of the British.
A big Gandhiji belief was civil disobedience, which started India on the road to freedom. Thousands were arrested, beaten, even killed, when they peacefully protested against unfair British laws.
Noteworthy victories for Gandhiji in the struggle against unfair British laws included the great Dandhi March. He led thousands of his followers to the coastal town of Dandhi to protest the unjust salt law forced on the Indians.
Despite Gandhi’s efforts, he faced great challenges toward the end of his life. Hindus and Muslims started fighting each other in horrible ways. Even then, he went to those violent communities and talked with love and compassion.
His efforts were rewarded when India gained freedom on August 15, 1947. It was also a bitter time for Gandhiji because he was not able to prevent the partition of India into India and Pakistan.
It was on January 30, 1948 when the final tragic end to Mahatma Gandhi’s life came. He was assassinated at point-blank range by Nathuram Godse. As he fell to the ground, his final words remembered God and showed his great capacity for love.