The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the ‘Father of the Nation,’ is celebrated with great pomp across India. Fondly known as ‘Bapu,’ he coined and developed satyagraha, a form of nonviolent resistance, against colonial rule.
Later, he challenged the British-imposed salt tax with the Dandi March in 1930, and in 1942, he led the Quit India movement, demanding an end to British Rule in India. Gandhi kept on pursuing the cause of independence, with tenacity and persistence, till the country actually achieved it in 1947.
In an effort to honour Gandhi’s beliefs rooted in peace and non-violence, the United Nations also celebrates October 2nd as the International Day of Non-Violence.
This year, on Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, Twitter India is commemorating the event by rolling out a special Gandhi emoji, which will go live on October 2nd and remain active through the week. The emoji is a caricature of Mahatma Gandhi, against a blue and white backdrop, the official colours of Twitter’s logo.
Twitter users, if you use the following hashtags, the Gandhi emoji will appear.
This is not the first time that Twitter has celebrated an important festival. In the past, it has celebrated Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Independence Day, Republic Day, International Day of Yoga, and Ambedkar Jayanti, with customised emojis.
We think that an emoji is a wonderful way to celebrate the icon and his life. Also, let us remember his sacrifices, and carry on building the nation that he would be proud of!
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)