2nd October is the birthday of the man who left his barrister practice to help India achieve the dream of winning freedom from the British - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. His contribution to the Indian freedom was incredible. He showed the world the power of non-violence and was called the 'Father of the Nation.'
Today on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, we will learn how Gandhiji's pen was mightier than the sword.
Mahatma Gandhi launched his first newspaper 'Indian Opinion' in 1903 to serve the interest of British Indians in South Africa. He believed that people are more attached to their culture and language. So, he decided to reach the mass by publishing the newspaper in four languages - English, Hindi, Gujarati and Tamil. The content of his newspaper was mainly on 'conscious of the power' and 'invoking a sense of responsibility' among Indians.
In 1919, an unregistered weekly - Satyagraha was started to protest against the discrimination and biased policies of the British Government.
Later, Gandhiji accepted the editorship of 'Young India' and 'Navjivan' to write his views.
In 1933, Gandhiji published a weekly newspaper Harijan which talks about untouchability, casteism and evil practices.
He took major revolutionary steps to fight against the British Government via laws and regulations like the Salt Movement (Dandi March), the start of Satyagraha movement for oppressed indigo planters.
Gandhiji believed that magazines and newspapers are the medium to communicate with the masses. In his newspaper and magazine, he didn't allow commercial advertisements. He accepted non-commercial advertisements that serve a public purpose.
Mahatma Gandhi has done a lot for the Indian freedom.
As a tribute to the Father of the Nation, let’s choose the path of righteousness and truth in these tough times.
'The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.'