Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the most renowned name in the history of India’s freedom struggle was shot by a right-wing fanatic, Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948. During the days leading to the Mahatma’s death, he had been fasting in protest of the violence and massacre that had spread over the nation after the creation of Pakistan.
He was a strong supporter of maintaining India as a secular and a non-violent nation due to which he had been facing criticism. For Gandhi, democracy had to be based on the principles of equality for all irrespective of religion, caste and class.
On his 72nd death anniversary, which is also celebrated as Martyrs Day to commemorate the loss of the man with an ironclad will to fight violence with non-violence and uphold democracy with all its glory, here are some of his quotes on democracy, secularism and non-violence, the ideals that led to the breaking away of India from its colonizers.
“To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect and their oneness, and should insist upon choosing as their representatives only such persons as are good and true.”
"Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."
“Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.”
“Death for me would be a glorious deliverance rather than that I should be a helpless witness of the destruction of India, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam.”
“Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.”
“Force, violence, pressure, or compulsion with a view to conformity, are both uncivilized and undemocratic.”
“Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today.”
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
"Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations in the face of odds."