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Kasturba Gandhi Death Anniversary 2021: Special on Kasturba Gandhi's 77th death anniversary (22 February)! World Daily News 24 - English

Kasturba Gandhi: Kasturba Gandhi became popular with the name of ‘Baa’ as she was associated with movements with Mahatma Gandhi after marriage, a perfect wife, dutiful mother, passionate orator, heroine and role model. Ba was not only a dutiful and ideal wife, but with the husband being a part of various movements, she also emerged as a powerful orator and heroine.

Kasturba Gandhi was born on 11 April 1869 to Gokuldas Kapadia, a Kathiawadi businessman in Porbandar. However, few people know about his early life. It is said that Kasturba Kapadia was married to Mohandas Karamchandra Gandhi at the age of 13 in 1882 through a friend of Gokuldas. Child marriage was the practice in those days. In the context of their marriage, Gandhiji wrote in one of his memoirs that in those days we did not understand the meaning of marriage. For us, marriage meant wearing new clothes, wearing jewelry, eating sweets and playing with relatives. But only after performing some rituals, we understood the meaning of marriage.

Kasturba Gandhi A perfect wife, dutiful mother, brilliant orator, heroine and role model

After marriage, Kasturba Gandhi started becoming popular with the name of ‘Ba’ after joining the movements with Mahatma Gandhi. Ba was not only a dutiful and ideal wife, but with the husband being a part of various movements, she also emerged as a powerful orator and heroine. Whenever Gandhiji went to jail, led an agitation, or went on a hunger strike, he was with him every moment and every moment. Many times she went to jail because Gandhiji was in jail, and she was fasting there. Ba played the role of Jeevan Sangini well at every turn. It can be said that Ba was truly a role model for women. Let us know about the inspiring life of Kasturba Gandhi…

Birth and marriage

Kasturba Gandhi was born on 11 April 1869 to Gokuldas Kapadia, a Kathiawadi businessman in Porbandar. However, few people know about his early life. It is said that Kasturba Kapadia was married to Mohandas Karamchandra Gandhi at the age of 13 in 1882 through a friend of Gokuldas. Child marriage was the practice in those days. In the context of their marriage, Gandhiji wrote in one of his memoirs that in those days we did not understand the meaning of marriage. For us, marriage meant wearing new clothes, wearing jewelry, eating sweets and playing with relatives. But only after performing some rituals, we understood the meaning of marriage.

Study after restrictions and tans!

Kasturba was illiterate till the time of marriage. In fact, in those days girls did not have the practice of education. Being illiterate, Kasturba had to struggle a lot after marriage. Gandhi himself often used to taunt him for being illiterate. Kasturba was also more adorned and did not like Gandhiji to get out of the house. In the early days of marriage, Gandhiji also tried to curb them a lot. Gradually Gandhiji felt that it was necessary to educate Kasturba. Then he himself taught them to read and write. Kasturba had good ability. Soon he made a good grip on Hindi and Gujarati languages. Gradually, he also started giving speech. However, due to domestic responsibilities of marriage, they could not be duly educated. Four sons of Kasturba were born Harilal, Manilal, Ramdas and Devdas respectively. When Harilal was born, Gandhiji had gone to South Africa, so Kasturba Gandhi played the son alone.

Kasturba handled the situation in his own way

Despite being uneducated, Kasturba was a self-supporting and responsible woman from the beginning. He never took the taunts of Gandhiji to heart. Because she knew that Gandhiji used to get up and sit with the intellectuals. Gandhiji did not like Kasturba’s exit, but she would go wherever she wished, and try to understand the world up close and in her own way.

First jail trip

When Gandhiji went to South Africa for the second time for practicing law, he had also taken Kasturba with him. In those days there was a strange law in South Africa, that only the marriages in the church there were legalized. Marriages done by Hindu and Muslim law were considered illegal, besides the situation of Indian laborers there was also very worrying. Gandhiji and Kasturba did not like such laws and atrocities on Indian workers. When he raised his voice against this, he was sent to Sashram Jail for three months. Even in jail, Kasturba continued to be very intimidated. But his threat to Kasturba with strong determination had no effect.

Activism in freedom movements

Gandhiji’s leadership of the freedom movements and speeches against the British greatly influenced Kasturba Gandhi. Because he had always opposed the British rule. During such movements, whenever Gandhiji went to jail, Kasturba used to work for the freedom of the people in place of her husband, people used to listen to his speech very passionately. Kasturba also had to go to jail several times for being involved in revolutionary activities.

Gandhiji believed in his ideal:

Gandhi was greatly impressed by Kasturba’s devotion, husband’s devotion and responsibilities towards the family. A topic related to the deep relationship between the two is still very popular. Actually, once Kasturba was very sick, the doctor appealed to him not to eat salt, but Kasturba was not liking to eat without salt. Once when Gandhiji talked about not taking salt from him, Kasturba taunted and said that once eating food without salt, show it. On this, Gandhiji told him that now I will eat salt only when the doctor asks you to eat salt. Kasturba was very impressed by this argument of Gandhiji. After this she started taking non-salty food. She considered him her inspiration.

The death

During Gandhiji’s ‘Quit India’ movement in 1942, when Gandhiji was arrested. During that time, Kasturba Gandhi decided to give a speech herself at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Actually Gandhiji was the first to give a speech there. But as soon as Kasturba Gandhi reached the park, she was arrested by the police. It is said that Kasturba had been ill since this arrest. His health was continuously deteriorating. He also suffered a heart attack twice in early 1944. Ba died eventually on 22 February 1944.

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