2 October



On October 2nd Gandhi Jayanti   

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”       
                                                                                                  By 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:

Read during the month of October:

GREAT SOUL: Mahatma Gandhi & His Struggle With India


Joseph Lelyveld

(Winner of  the Pulitezer Prize)

Gandhiji said:

  • “Ahimsa (non-violence) is the highest duty. Even if we cannot practice it in full. We must try to understand its spirit and refrain as far as humanly possible from violence.”
  • “Hatred ever kills, love never dies; such is the vast difference between the two.”
  • “Hate the sin and not the sinner”.
  • “Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  • “Truth is the breath of my life. The only virtue I want to claim is Truth and Non-violence. I lay no claim to super human powers. I want none.”
  • “Humanity is the key to success.”
  • “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.”
  • “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.”
  • “I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for Unity, Love and Peace.”
  • “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

(Remembering a great teacher)



 South Asian Literature Celebrations in Toronto 30 September -02 October 2011
 South Asian Literature (SAL) the term was coined in late seventies when immigrants from South Asian origin were settling in Canada and North America and bringing with them a rich tradition of their literature, art and culture. Writers who were writing in Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali and many other South Asian languages came together to present their writings in English to the main stream audience as well as to share their writings with Canadian English writers.
1974 – 1980 First Attempt
Contemporary Literature In Translation
Glimpses of Twentieth Century Punjabi Poetry – An Anthology in English Translation
Second Attempt – 1980 – 1983
Survey -Canadian South Asian Literature in different languages across Canada conducted by Dr. Swanda Sugunasiri of Toronto
Canadian Punjabi Literature Research and Survey conducted by Surjeet Kalsey of Vancouver
Toronto South Asian Literature Conference 1983 – First Survey/Research presentation.
The Toronto South Asian Review – Magazine of literature
2009 – 25th Anniversary of Canadian South Asian Literature and Art celebrated in Toronto
2011 – Festival of South Asian Literature and Art celebrated in Toronto. 
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