Living the Ideals

Gandhiji’s Sesquicentennial Birthday Celebrations

Ahimsa, Satyagraha, Non-Cooperation, Non-Violence, Quit India, Harmonious Co-existence are terms synonymous with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a figure who continues to instill patriotism and nationalism in Indians even today.

At SJBHS, we celebrate his 150 th birth anniversary on the 23 rd of October 2019, with a prayer song followed by a reading of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem, ‘Where the mind is without fear’, and the reading of ‘Beatitudes’ from the Holy Bible.

Rev Fr Sunil Fernandes SJ, Principal of SJBHS, paid a floral tribute to the martyr and in his speech re-iterated the values of truth and non-violence that the great Bapuji stood for. He asked the students to internalize these unique values as these alone could unite regions, classes, castes and communities.

The cultural programme that followed included skits, songs, speeches, dances and a re-creation of the famous ‘Prabhat Pheris’ which were the early morning marches by the Indians in defiance of British rule. Not to be left behind were the famous three monkeys of Gandhiji – sending a strong message to the audience to ‘see no evil, hear no evil and to speak no evil’.

The highlight of the day , however, was the Khadi ‘Charka’ emblazoned handkerchief given to each and every Josephite student and staff member as a memento to recall the values of the Mahatma, to preserve his ideology and to cherish Bapuji’s priceless contribution in our life.

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