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International Journal of Humanities and Arts

Vol. 2, Issue 1, Part A (2020)

The role of Mahatma Gandhi in freedom struggle


Sambhaji Sopanrao Darade

India, with its rapid economic modernization and urbanization, has rejected Gandhi's economics but accepted much of his politics and continues to revere his memory. Reporter Jim Yardley notes that, "modern India is hardly a Gandhian nation, if it ever was one. His vision of a village-dominated economy was shunted aside during his lifetime as rural romanticism, and his call for a national ethos of personal austerity and nonviolence has proved antithetical to the goals of an aspiring economic and military power." By contrast Gandhi is "given full credit for India's political identity as a tolerant, secular democracy." Gandhi's birthday, 2 October, is a national holiday in India, Gandhi Jayanti. Gandhi's image also appears on paper currency of all denominations issued by Reserve Bank of India, except for the one rupee note. Gandhi's date of death, 30 January, is commemorated as a Martyrs' Day in India.

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International Journal of Humanities and Arts
How to cite this article:
Sambhaji Sopanrao Darade. The role of Mahatma Gandhi in freedom struggle. Int. J. Humanit. Arts 2020;2(1):01-02. DOI: 10.33545/26647699.2020.v2.i1a.13
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