The second day of October is marked as Gandhi Jayanti in India. This national holiday is held to celebrate the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who is popularly referred to as the ‘Father of the Nation’. Furthermore, the United Nations General Assembly has declared this day as, ‘International Day of Non-Violence’.
On Friday 2 October 2015, a Shanti Kuch – Peace Walk, was held from Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir to the Bandhutva Smarak situated in the Gayakvad Haveli. This memorial has been built with help from the Ahmedabad City Police to remember two of the City’s martyrs, Vasant Rao Hegishte and Rajab Ali Lakhan, who were killed during the communal disharmony during India’s partition. Their story has become a symbol of communal harmony, amity and peace.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj started the march comprising of Sants and young disciples from the Ishwarsavidyashram. At the Bandhutva Smarak, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj inaugurated the e-book of ‘Vasant-Rajab Smarak’ a recollection of the story of these two heroes of recent Indian history. This compilation was written by Jhaverchand Meghani, a noted poet, writer, social reformer and freedom fighter from Gujarat, and a well-known name in the field of Gujarati literature. The text was compiled by historian Dr Rizwan Kadri, Professor at Shree Swaminarayan Arts College, Ahmedabad.