(Speech on Mahatma Gandhi ) ahatma Gandhi does not need any introduction. He is one of the greatest leaders of the country and the one who played an important role in the independence of the country. He was the first person to use non-violence as a weapon in the independence of the country. Through this non-violence path, he faced a mighty enemy like the British Empire. During the freedom struggle of India, Bapu had to go to jail many times and had to suffer many kinds of torture from the British government. But it was his strong will and courage that shook the foundation of the British Empire.
Famous Speeches by Mahatma Gandhi during the Freedom Struggle
Mahatma Gandhi’s speeches act as inspiration for every person. Mahatma Gandhi has given many speeches at various places during the freedom struggle, which are very important and useful. We have collected excerpts from some of his famous speeches and posted them on our website. Which you can use as per your convenience.
Gandhi’s speech at the Madras Reception on 21 April 1915
“If there is anything in the world I wish I had. Which I have described in this beautiful place, I would like to offer it at the feet of my Guru. Who is my source of inspiration and under whose leadership I lived my life in exile in South Africa.
“In a city like Johannesburg, if a Madrasi, who has not gone to jail once or twice, is looked down upon by other Madrasis, you can imagine the serious troubles your countrymen have been going through these eight years.”
Mahatma Gandhi had a very special honor on his arrival in Madras in 1915. He gave this speech as a thank you speech in Madras. Along with this, he also expressed sympathy for the sacrifice of Indians living in South Africa. This speech by G.A. In response to the welcome address given by Neston.
Mahatma Gandhi’s speech at Banaras Hindu University – 4 February 1916
“It is a matter of great disgrace and misfortune for us that I have to address my countrymen in a foreign language this evening in this great university and holy city like Kashi.”
“If our temples are not ideals of cleanliness and open space for all, then how will our Swaraj be?”
“If we are not given swaraj, we will have to achieve it, because if this happens, we can never get swaraj and autonomy without effort.”
This speech was given by Mahatma Gandhi at the opening ceremony of Banaras Hindu University. On this occasion, Pandit Madan Mohan called Mahatma Gandhi to deliver his welcome address. This occasion was used by Mahatma Gandhi to explain the importance of Indian language instead of the use of English in public meetings and speeches. Apart from this, on this occasion, he also tried to explain the importance of cleanliness, in which he especially gave the example of temples and trains. He said that if we do not have the ability to keep our temples and cities clean, then how will we be able to run the country.
Great Trial of 1922 – 18 March 1922
“I do not wish to plead for commutation of my sentence or for my defence. I have come here so that I should be given the biggest punishment I can get for deliberately breaking the law. Because the work that I have done is my biggest duty as a citizen and I cannot back down from that.”
“After considering all the facts, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that British rule has made India more politically and economically helpless than it has ever been before.”
These words spoken by Mahatma Gandhi are not a speech, but a legal statement made by him in the Great Trial Key of 1922. Mahatma Gandhi was found guilty of spreading discontent against the British rule. During his appearance, Mahatma Gandhi gave this statement in front of the judge and accepted all the charges against him and at the same time he had sought the harshest punishment for this crime.
Mahatma Gandhi accepted that he was responsible for the incidents happening in this non-violent movement. His statement shook the judge as it was the first time that a person not only accepted all the charges against him but also demanded the harshest punishment for himself. Along with this, Gandhiji also criticized the oppressive and cruel policies of the British government.
Speech given by Gandhiji on the evening of Dandi Yatra – 11 March 1930
“Even if we are arrested, we will keep the peace. All of us have chosen this non-violent path for our struggle and we have to stick to it. None of us should take any wrong step in anger. This is my only hope and prayer for all of you.”
“History is replete with examples of men who achieved leadership and power with confidence, bravery and perseverance. If we also desire Swaraj and if we are equally eager to achieve it, then it is very important for us to have the same self-confidence.”
“So let us help the government in any way we can today, whether it is by paying taxes, by taking honors or degrees or by sending our children to official schools, they should by all means withdraw their support from the government. Along with this, women also need to stand shoulder to shoulder with men.
Mahatma Gandhi addressed about 10000 people on the evening of Dandi Yatra. This speech given by him that day served to prepare a path for the non-cooperation movement. In this speech, he stressed that whether he remains alive or not during this movement, but the path of the movement should always be peace and non-violence. He asked every section of the society to come forward and take part in the non-cooperation movement, breaking the laws made by the British government.
Along with this, he stressed about the participation of women in the movement, he said that women should also take part in this movement shoulder to shoulder with men. There was such an effect about his speech that it started with a pinch of salt, this movement spread all over the country.
Gandhiji’s speech in the Round Table Conference – 30 November 1931
“When there was no British rule in the country and no Englishman was seen here. Even then we Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs always fought with each other, but we have many such stories and facts told by Hindu historians and Muslim historians. Which shows that even in those days we lived in brotherhood with each other and even today Hindus and Muslims are living lovingly with each other in the villages and there is no dispute or fight between them.
“So let us all come together to give India the respect it deserves, whenever or however it gets it. Along with this, the frontier provinces should also get complete autonomy.
“It will be one of the most valuable prizes I will take away from here. I have got only humility from all of you here and with it I have received true love of people. I got introduced to many great gentlemen here, which will be a memorable experience for me.”
This speech was given by Mahatma Gandhi during the Round Table Conference in London, where many British and Indian political officials were present. During this, Gandhi ji condemned the British policy of “divide and rule” and told the fact that in India people of many religions have been living together for centuries and there was never any conflict between them, but for the British. Since his arrival, he has worked to divide and fight people in India using the “divide and rule taxes” policy.
He also raised the issue of providing Swaraj to India prominently through his speeches. Along with this, he also thanked the people of England for the respect and love given to him.
Quit India Movement speech by Gandhiji – 8 August 1942
“We do not have hunger for power and power, we just want to fight for India’s independence peacefully. A successful captain is always known for a military coup and dictatorial attitude. But under the plans of Congress there is only place for non-violence and there is no place for dictatorship here.”
“People will probably laugh at me but it is my belief that when the time comes, I will have to fight the biggest struggle of my life, but still I will not hold grudges against anyone.”
“I have taken a do or die pledge with the Congress for the freedom of the country.”
Mahatma Gandhi gave this speech at the August Kranti Maidan in Bombay on the evening of the Quit India Movement. There were many important points in this speech of Gandhiji, but the most important in this was the importance of non-violence mentioned by him. He said that the draft resolution prepared by the Congress has been prepared keeping in mind the values of non-violence and if anyone does not believe in non-violence, then he can humbly distance himself from it.
Along with this, he gave many such examples of revolution in which people fought many battles with weapons, but still they had to face defeat. He also tried to explain to the people that our fight is with the British government and not with the British people, so the people of India should not have any kind of animosity against the British. Along with this, he also made an important demand from the United Nations to declare India independent, which was an important aspect of the Quit India Movement speech.
He concluded his speech with the slogan “Do or Die”. Which meant fighting for freedom or dying fighting for its attainment. This speech of Mahatma Gandhi was an open challenge to the British government as well as paving the way for India’s independence.
Mahatma Gandhi’s speech on Kashmir issue – 4 January 1948
“Today, there is talk of war everywhere. Everyone is afraid that a war may break out between the two countries. If this happens then it will be harmful for both India and Pakistan.
“Therefore, I would like to make a humble request to the leaders of Pakistan that even though we are now two different countries, which I never wanted, but even after these differences, we can agree and peacefully fight each other’s neighbors. can remain as it is.”
On January 4, 1948, in the prayer meeting, Gandhiji discussed the ongoing Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India, being a supporter of non-violence and peace, Gandhi never wanted any conflict between India and Pakistan. He always believed in resolving the matters through dialogue and wanted both the countries to resolve their disputes through talks. Along with this, he wanted to resolve the matter under the leadership of the United Nations.
Speech given by Gandhiji at the Inter-Asian Relations Conference – 2 April 1947
“My dear friends, you have not seen real India, nor are you participating in this conference in real India. These big cities like Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Calcutta, Lahore are influenced by western civilization, in which real India does not live. Real India lives in the ordinary villages of our country.
“Certainly today the West is the center of knowledge and it is like many atomic bombs, because atomic bombs only mean destruction which will affect not only the West but the whole world. It will be in a way similar to the deluge that is mentioned in the Bible.”
This speech was given by Mahatma Gandhi at the Inter-Asian Relations Conference. Where he tried to make people understand about the real India living in the villages. He believed that the big cities established by the British are influenced by western civilization and the common people of India do not live in them.
Along with this, Mahatma Gandhi also discussed knowledge and its misuse during this speech. In the conclusion of his speech, he warned the people about the atomic bomb and its danger. According to him, the destructive events of the atomic bomb will affect not only the West but the whole world.
Speech given by Mahatma Gandhi a day before his last fast – 12 January 1948
“Fasting will begin tomorrow with dinner time and it will end when I am satisfied that brotherhood will be established once again among all the communities without any pressure from within themselves.”
“It would be a more honorable way for me to embrace death than to see the ruin of India, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam as helpless.”
The communal riots happening across the country shook Mahatma Gandhi. The scene after the riots made him very sad. He started fasting to increase brotherhood and love among the people. This speech was the last speech of Mahatma Gandhi, which he gave a few weeks before his assassination.
In this speech, he has explained the importance of fasting as a punishment against wrongdoings. He appealed to the people of all religions to increase equanimity and brotherhood with each other. He was deeply saddened by the enmity created in the name of religion among the people across the country and said that it would be easier for him to embrace death than to see the killings taking place in the name of religion among the people of the country.
It has been more than 70 years since our country got independence, but this speech given by Mahatma Gandhi is as relevant today as before. This is the time to accept the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi and follow the path shown by him. In today’s world, when there is competition for the development of nuclear weapons everywhere, then the principles of non-violence and the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi become even more important, because by following the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, we can create a peaceful and weapon-free world. can do.