After returning from South Africa, Gandhiji jumped into the Indian politics. He could not bear the miserable Plight of the Indian masses suffering and starving under the British rule. Mahatma Gandhi sacrificed everything to uproot the Britishers from the Indian soil. Freedom was the breath of Gandhiji’s life. In 1919, he started a non-violent and peaceful movement.
Hindu- Muslim unity, removal of untouchability and use of Swadeshi goods were his lifelong missions. Mahatma Gandhi was a man of sound and sterling character. In fact, he was a very noble soul. He wore a very simple dress and ate simple food. He was not merely a man of words but also of action. What he preached, he practiced. His approach to various problems was non-violent.
He was a god-fearing person. He was the cynosure of all eyes. He was a friend to all and enemy of none. He was universally loved and liked. The part played by Mahatma Gandhi on the stage of Indian politics is unforgettable. In those stormy days of the struggle for Indian independence, Gandhiji suffered and was imprisoned several times, but the freedom of the motherland remained his cherished goal. He guided the freedom fighters, launched the ‘Quit India Movement’ and was imprisoned again.
His entire life was a life of service and sacrifice, of devotion and dedication. This saintly statesman, thinker, writer and orator of India still shine like a star on the horizon of India politics. His tragic death on January 30, 1948 plunged the entire nation into gloom. He was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse. His death was the greatest blow to the force of peace and democracy. The memorable words of Lord Mountbatten are worth quoting “India, indeed the world, will not see the like of him perhaps for centuries.” His death left a great vacuum in the life of the nation.
The whole world still reveres and respects this wizard of the 20th century who has left an indelible mark on Time.