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Gandhi: From The Archives


Killing an incurable calf: Himsa or Ahimsa? Gandhi replies to Sanatan protest

“To kill an animal which is past all hopes of recovery is, in my opinion, religious”, Mahatma Gandhi said.

From the Archives: ‘Banish untouchability from hearts’, appeals Mahatma Gandhi

An earnest plea for the removal of untouchability was made by Mahatma Gandhi speaking during evening prayers.

From the Archives: ‘Improper to question efficacy of non-violence’, says Gandhi

“Today, irreligion is stalking the country in the name of religion”, Mahatma Gandhi said.

From the Archives: Gandhiji deplores disappearance of Swadeshi

Gandhiji reminded the audience of how a pile had been made of foreign cloth in the early days of the movement and a huge bonfire was made of costly saris etc

From the Archives: ‘Treat bomb-thrower with pity’, says Mahatma Gandhi

Hinduism could be saved only by Gandhiji's method. Gandhiji had practised Hinduism from early childhood.

From the Archives: ‘No place for English in free India’, declares Gandhiji

The proper and unrivalled place of English was as an international medium, Mahatma Gandhi added.

From the Archives: Mahatma Gandhi pays tribute to Bose

But Mahatma Gandhi would not forget that it was Subhas Babu who knew no provincialism nor communal differences.

From the Archives: ‘Driving out Muslims will ruin Hinduism’, says Gandhiji

Gandhiji expressed sorrow at the recrudescence of trouble in Delhi, even though it was on a very minor scale.

From the Archives: ‘Treat minorities fairly’, Gandhi's advice to Hindus

“The British will make of us two nations and that with a flourish of trumpets. Is that to be the parting shot? I hope not”, Mahatma Gandhi said.

From the Archives: Gandhiji on the meaning of independence

“In a well-ordered democratic society there is no room, no occasion for lawlessness or strikes”, Mahatma Gandhi said.

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Mahatma Gandhi's tryst with HT

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, revered as Bapu, needs no introduction. Also known as ‘Father of the Nation’, he led the Satyagraha (clinging to truth) and followed the path of Ahimsa or non-violence to liberate India from the British rule. Right from the Champaran agitation in Bihar in 1917 for the cause of indigo cultivators to the Quit India Movement, the Mahatma devoted his life for the people of India.

Hindustan Times was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on September 15, 1924. The first edition of the newspaper was published on September 23 the same year. The paper's first home was a rented three-storey building in the Green Market near Old Delh railway station.

This decade began with the launch of Gandhi's Satyagraha, his rousing call for Swaraj and protests against untouchability. Devadas Mohandas Gandhi, the fourth and youngest son of the Mahatma and Kasturba Gandhi, joined the Hindustan Times in 1937 as its managing editor. He held the position till his death in 1957. He was born in South Africa and returned to India with his parents. He joined the freedom movement almost immediately, following the footsteps of his father.

Mahatma Gandhi was a very involved reader of the paper. A prolific writer himself, the Mahatma contributed several pieces to the Hindustan Times on a variety of subjects including on how to become an ideal peasant, caste system, ideal diet, among other things. The connection between the Father of the Nation and the Birlas went much beyond Hindustan Times. Ghanshyam Das Birla had first met Gandhi in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1916, shortly after the Mahatma came back from South Africa. The relationship that developed then lasted for the rest of Mahatma's life. Gandhi spent his final 144 days at what was then called ‘Birla House’. He was assassinated on January 30, 1948.

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