Gandhiji was a great social reformer. He worked hard to improve the life of women and the downtrodden. He advocated social justice and equality. He criticised casteism, untouchability, pardah system, child marriage, etc. He promoted women education. He called the untouchables harijan. His approach to various problems was non-violent. He was a great man of action. He taught the Indians the value of working with their own hands. He taught us the dignity of labour. He worked for Hindu-Muslim unity. When there were communal riots in different parts of the country, he risked his life to restore peace there. He was an apostle of peace. He was a friend of all and enemy of none. He was a God-fearing person.
Mahatma Gandhi’s life is an example of peace, dedication, sacrifice and devotion. He was an ardent patriot. He is fondly called Bapu. He is also known as Father of Nation. His birthday on 2nd October is celebrated as national festival every year. This great soul of peace and love was shot dead by a frantic Hindu Nathuram Godse on 30th January 1948. His death was a big national loss. It created a vacuum in the life of the nation. His life and teaching has lasting impressions on the mind of the people. Jawaharlal Nehru called him as the ‘Light of the Nation’.