This post doesn’t necessarily fall under the women in tech classification we normally feature here but given impactful nature of the Mahatma Gandhi, and the fact that much of his character was drawn from his mother. We felt compelled to give Gandhi’s mother (a woman) some ‘shout out’.
Early this month, the Indian community living in Nigeria held the 150 posthumous birthday of Mahatma Gandhi (whose ‘government’ name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi).
The event – held in Lagos Island – was open to all ‘Friends of India.’ It was organized by the Lagos-based office of The High Commission of India, to mark the International Day of Non-violence as recognized by the UN General Assembly. The day was set up by the UN to disseminate the message of a non-violent approach to dispute resolutions and promote education.
During the event videos of Mahatma Gandhi showing his initiatives and life lessons were being played. The organizers of the event in Lagos were of the view, the principles and approaches to life difficulties demonstrated by Gandhi was exactly what the current world needs. They cited the rising cases of bigotry, terrorism, and intolerance around the world.
Gandhi’s values and vision have never been more relevant to the world than they are today, said the organizers. They urged opinion holders, thought leaders, and leaders in politics, and socio-economic spheres to emulate Mahatma Gandhi principles when tackling tension among humans and nature interactions.
The event was also marked with famous quotes by Gandhi:
‘First, they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’
‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’
‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others, and many others.’
Other prominent inspirational leaders from around the world were also featured at the event. They include:
Africans who led the fight against colonialism across the continent of Africa
Martin Luther King who led the fight for equal Civil Rights across America
Nelson Mandela who led the fight towards the abolishment of apartheid rule in SA
Albert Einstein, who made remarkable contributions to science, and was a personal friend of Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi relation with his mother
Gandhi was born to a middle-class family in India on October 2, 1869. His family lived in a coastal city in the Indian state of Gujarat. People familiar with his history say, Gandhi’s life and career were shaped by his mother, who played a key role in his life.
It is unfortunate that he met his untimely death on January 30, 1948, when he was shot on a platform as he was about to address a prayer meeting in Birla House, India.