MESSAGE BY THE PNCR ON THE OCCASION OF THE OBSERVANCE OF THE 143RD BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF MAHATMA GANDHI



Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, know everywhere as Mahatma Gandhi, was born on 2nd October 1869 and was assassinated on 30th January 1948. Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) is observed by all Guyanese, especially the descendants of the nearly 240,000 persons of Indian origin who came to this country from the sub-continent as indentured immigrant labourers. Gandhi Jayanti is a gazetted holiday in India.

Mahatma Gandhi was a political and spiritual leader in India and played an important role in the Indian Independence movement. Gandhi developed the technique of non-violent agitation, which he called Satyagraha. He is known for his non-violent civil disobedience in India and South Africa. His activities included the initiation of the non-cooperation movement in 1922 and the Salt Satyagraha or Salt (Dandi) March which started on 12th March 1930.

Gandhi is remembered for his contributions towards the Indian freedom struggle. Largely through his efforts, India finally gained its Independence on 15th August, 1947.

The nation mourned Gandhi after he was assassinated on 30th January 1948. The United Nations’ International Day of Non-Violence is also observed on 2nd October each year to coincide with Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

Guyanese remember him today for his humanity and as a citizen of this world whose example has inspired generations and nations.


People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Monday 1st October 2012

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