The national holiday Gandhi Jayanti is the birth-date of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who was born on October 2, 1869. He is known as the Father of the Nation by the Indian people because of the integral part he played in the Indian freedom struggle. Gandhi was given the epithet Mahatma for his relentless and non-violent approach to public agitation. It is said to have been popularised by the poet Rabindranath Tagore.
In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly adopted Gandhi Jayanti as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Did you know that every major city in India has a road dedicated to Gandhiji? Are there other roads or areas outside of India that honour the father of the Indian nation?
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