Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest leaders of the national liberation movement. The mighty British imperialism was defeated by his non-violent movement. He sacrificed his entire life for secularism and India’s freedom. He was sadly killed by a fundamentalist on 30 January 1948. Mahatma Gandhi always
wanted a secular India with self-sufficient villages(food, clothes and everything else required should be grown and made in the village itself which makes them self-sufficient). Though India has developed his theory of village self-sufficiently, his dream has not materialised yet. Possibly, the rulers thought that only big industries will bring prosperity to the country. India is a big democracy and it has successfully stood the test for the last 74 years. But unfortunately, secularism hasn’t gone deep into people’s mind. India is a country of unity in diversity. We have several religions, castes, sub-castes, cultures and languages. Hence we need to follow the Gandhian way of unity of all people. Mahatma Gandhi also wanted to eradicate poverty and even though India has become considerably rich, it still has huge population of poor people. This must be set right. Even though the non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi is to be followed by all people, there are still several small and medium sized armed revolts in north-east India and left extremists conflicts in some states. After 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, we, the Indian people, have to achieve a peaceful, secular, non-corrupt, hunger-free India.