2nd October: GandhiJayanti

Gandhi Jayanti: 2 october 2017
 
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October is the month of  reminding ourselves to stop violence against anyone especially against women and children. Let us work together to end violence and abuse in our society and make it worth living with love, respect and dignity. 
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Rabindra Nath Tagore with the Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi

 2nd October: Gandhi Jayanti     2 ਅਕਤੂਬਰ:  ਗਾਂਧੀ ਜੈਯੰਤੀ

ਜੀੳੁ ਜਿਵੇਂ ਕੱਲ੍ਹ ਮਰ ਜਾਣਾ ਹੋਵੇ,  ਜੀੳੂਣਾ ਸਿਖੋ ਜਿਵੇਂ ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ ਨੇ ਸਦਾ ਰਹਿਣਾ ਹੋਵੇ – ਮਹਾਤਮਾ ਗਾਂਧੀ

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn to live as if you were to live for ever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
 

2nd  October is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti – Mahatma Gandhi ji Birthday 2nd October 1869 in Porbunser Kathiyawar, Gujarat India. Gandhiji was a pioneer of Non-violence and firm believer in practicing non-violence in his life, in his thoughts, in his struggle which played a significant role in achieving independence for India from British rule.

Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday in India celebrated on 2nd October. This day is celebrated in the honor of the birthday of the Father of the nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapuji. Internationally this day is celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence as Gandhiji was the preacher of non-violence. He is a symbol of peace and truth. He proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of total non-violence.
All the businesses,  institutions, organizations and schools, throughout India remain closed on 2nd October to mark the National holiday. Special colourful cultural event are organized at various places and in every state especially at Raj Ghat, New Delhi where Gandhiji was cremated.

People say prayers, pay homage and remind themselves to follow the path of non-violence  and peace and sing Gandhiji’s favorite song

“Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, Patit Pavan Sita Ram …” in Gandhi ji’s memory.

Gandhi ji’s words are with us to guide the world.

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Visiting a Historic Site of Komagata Maru

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On the day – 23 July when the ship Komagata Maru with its 376 passengers was turned away by the Canadian government after 2 months it stood still in the West Coast Harbour waters in Vancouver in 1914, because it is said that it did not meet the immigration requirement of the clause of  ‘continuous journey’ from India to Canada.

     Komagata Maru, a full length play written in Punjabi by Ajmer Rode during 1976-1977  and  translated into English by  Surjeet Kalsey  in early eighties. The first Punjabi play on Canadain justice system and racism was staged in the year 1979 in Vancouver and introduced the incident of Komagata Maru as a part of our history in Canada.

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After this isolated performance to bring awareness about the historic incident of Komagata Maru,  efforts are seen sparingly for about three decades to bring awareness about the issue nor people talked much about it. The very first research about this historic incident was still credited to Hugh Johnston’s research book on the issue, ” The Journey of Komagata Maru”, published in early seventies. During the early years of twenty-first century, the topic became in the forefront again and was highlighted as a political issue by many politicians and the South Asian communities especially Punjabi community became very emotional about the issue because most of the passengers on the Komagata Maru ship were Sikh Punjabis.

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The community celebrated Year 2014 as 100th anniversary of Komagata Maru incident and kept demanding an apology from the Canadian government for the then done wrong, to make it right within the justice.

Therefore, finally this important issue was brought in the Parliament for an official apology on 18 May 2016, after 102 years.

I happened to visit the Komagata Maru memorial site in Vancouver at the spot of where 102 years ago the ship was made to stand there and the passengers were not allowed to put their foot on the land of Canada. The monument comprises this historic photo about 4’X 6′ size is displayed on a glass board mounted on the ground, is dimmed with weather, rain and sun; and rusted iron fence/walls with holes presumed bullet holes and about  two feet high grass grown all around these iron boards. Is this the essence of preservation of the memory of this incident?

“ਸੁਨਤੇ ਥੇ ਬਹੁਤ ਸ਼ੋਰ ਦਿਲ ਕੇ ਪਹਿਲੂ ਮੇਂ, ਕਾਟਾ ਤੋ ਏਕ ਕਤਰਾ ਖੂਨ ਕਾ ਭੀ ਨਾ ਨਿਕਲਾ”

I heard that South Asian community, community leaders and different cultural and religious groups who were/are working to commemorate and preserve the memory of this painful historic incident displayed a lack of unified and dignified vision of preserving the history as well as to bring awareness of the historic incident.

On a positive note: The Simon Fraser University, Burnaby has included in their library On-line version of Kamagata Maru, full length play in Punjabi by Ajmer Rode and English Translation of Komagata Maru done by Surjeet Kalsey. Full script in English translation can be read, click:  http://lib-drupal2.lib.sfu.ca/kmj/node/764