On January 30th, I marked the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death at a short memorial ceremony with the Indian High Commissioner at his statue in Tavistock Square.
This day gives us a great opportunity to remember the important values that the Mahatma has taught us. Peace, love and tolerance were at the heart of Gandhi’s philosophy and are values that are just as relevant today. Gandhi is still a profound symbol of hope, liberation, struggle and freedom having committed his life to his cause.
At the heart of his activism was an unwavering and unshakable commitment to the universally shared values of truth, love, compassion and selfless service. His message should still be an inspiration and guidance for our lives.
Mahatma Gandhi Martyrs’ Day gives us an opportunity, not only to celebrate the Mahatma’s life and activism, but reflect on how his values can have a deep and relevant meaning for each and every one of us.