Martyr’s Day: 5 lesser-known facts which you must know, as an Indian citizen


    Celebrations of Martyr’s day have commenced in full-swing at all government departments and Gandhi-following stations and centres across India and the World.

    Today is the Martyrs’ Day, a day which is observed by the whole nation to salute all soldiers who have self-lessly contributed towards making the country what it is today. Countless soldiers have devoted their lives to uphold the sovereignty of our nation. They were lion-hearted and relentless individuals who prioritize their country’s prosperity above other bodily fancies. There are various unknown facts in nexus with Mahatma Gandhi and all freedom-fighters who have made a difference with their courage. Take a glimpse:

    1. January 30 marks the death anniversary of the father of nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was assassinated on Jan 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse. Initially, Nathuram Godse was a dedicated devotee of Mahatma Gandhi, who used to walk in the foot-steps of the visionary leader. The whole nation was surprised when Godse who used to worship Gandhi like his holy god killed him so unceremoniously. On being questioned, Godse accused Gandhi as the master-mind for the partition of India and claims this as the reason for assassination. Godse was hanged on November 15, 1949.

    2. Originally, soldiers martyred to secure and restore the sovereignty of the country were paid due reverence on Republic Day, January 26. However, as time flew by, the date was furthered to January 30. This was suggested as a deliberate effort to distinguish the day of Constitution adoption and Martyr’s day. This decision also highlighted the paramount importance which soldiers have in our lives.

    3. Not only the ministers at the helm of affairs show deep respect for the freedom-fighter and the notable Gandhi Ji, on this day. The Aam Janta too demonstrates it’s corner of respect which they uphold in their hearts. The common men explicitly and implicitly showcase their gratitude and reverence by small actions and words. Many people shun their daily activities just to pay homage to all those brave-hearts whose lives are priceless, by observing retrospective silence for 2 minutes.

    4. To commemorate this day, trumpets and sirens are blown at almost every government establishment around 11 am. Just like when the National Anthem plays in the backdrop and everyone stands up in love and country-fondness. Likewise, after , be it in industrial units or government offices even the commoners stop their work and observe silence for two minutes as a remembrance of the martyred souls. The siren again blows after two minutes, i.e. around 11.02 am allowing resuming work.

    Narendra Modi pays heart-felt homage post observing a 2-minute silence in due reverence of Bapu

    5. The followers of Mahatma Gandhi claim that he is the greatest human being so far appeared on this earth. This man lived the life of a saint.There are many Gandhi followers who fall short of words of admiration and utter love. He has been a role-model, strength and the backbone of all Indians during the pre-independence period. Being a firm believer in Anti-violent philosophy, Mahatma Gandhi quotes caught fire and got super-viral.

    Here are a list of popular quotes which are still remembered till date:

    1. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    2. An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
    3. Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
    4. The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
    5. It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
    6. If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
    7. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
    8. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
    9. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
    10. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

    January, 30 is a Martyrs’ day to remember the freedom fighters of our country, where as January 25, is considered as a Martyrs’ day to remember those who lost their lives in the Anti-Hindi agitations during 1937-38 and 1965.



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