On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, multiple events like campaigns, rallies, poster-making and speeches are organised in every nook and corner of the country. On this day, educational institutions organise various cultural and academic programmes to inculcate the value of leadership, simplicity, integrity in students.
Students participate in huge numbers in speech and debates on this day. Here’s a sample Gandhi Jayanti Speech that students can refer to:
Gandhi Jayanti Speech
Greetings to all distinguished guests, my teachers and fellow students!
As you all know that today we are here to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 151st Birth Anniversary. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in Gujarat’s small city Porbandar.
After completing the early education, he went to London for higher studies. Mahatma Gandhi completed his law degree from England and returned to India in 1891. After being unable to start a successful law practice in India, Mahatma Gandhi moved to South Africa in 1893 to represent an Indian merchant in a lawsuit. He went on to stay for 21 years in South Africa and returned to India in 1915.
After coming back to India, he started organising peasants, farmers, and urban labourers to protest against excessive land-tax and discrimination by British government. In 1921, he formed Indian National Congress and led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, and above all for achieving Swaraj or self-rule.
Gandhi led Indians in challenging the British-imposed salt tax with the 400km Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942. During the 1947 partition of India-Pakistan, Gandhiji helped many displaced Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs. Some people thought Gandhiji was too accommodating, among them was Nathuram Godse who assassinated Gandhi on 30 January 1948 by firing three bullets into his chest.
The lifestyle of Gandhiji was very simple, he ate simple vegetarian food, and undertook long fasts as a means of self-purification and political protest. He taught lessons of ahimsa (non-violence) to many people across the world.
How to perfect your speech?
Students are advised to write the speech on a paper and start practising it in front of the mirror to increase confidence. Keep your speech concise and strike the right tone to make an impact on the audience.