Gandhi's Thought on Public Speaking and a Speech on Gandhi Jayanti
Gandhi, the great man
History of 2nd October
India is about to celebrate a ‘National Holiday’ and on the same day the world is going to celebrate the ‘International Day of Non-Violence’. All these celebrations revolve around the birth anniversary of one extremely popular and great patriot. It falls on the 2nd October. Yes, you've guessed it right. It is the birth anniversary of an amazing personality named Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It happens to be the 143rd birth anniversary of Gandhiji. In India it is better known as ‘Gandhi Jayanti’.
Understand Gandhi Better
Life of this great Indian patriot conveys a strong message to the mankind, be it Indians or non Indians. Understanding Gandhi is not an easy task. His life is a complete book and reading a chapter or two is not a right procedure to learn and understand the man of his repute. Gandhi had a mind of his own with which he led the huge Independence Movement of India. Sometimes he received criticism which was quite natural because name and fame usually comes with the baggage of misinterpretation of the fact and the person as a whole. Thus, Gandhiji too faced some opposition and rejection but overall it was love and popularity altogether in abundance. He had won the hearts of numerous people which made the criticism look very trivial.
Now, when his birth anniversary is so nearby I thought to prepare a speech for this occasion. My speech is not a very lengthy one but while preparing it I kept few things in mind. The fact is it’s a must because writing a speech for any particular occasion needs to follow some basic rules. Writing a general speech in itself is a skill and so writing a speech on a particular occasion needs to be dealt with an extra-ordinary caution. A speech has to create an everlasting impression on the audience. To be so, there is a need for an impressive speech as well as a powerful speaker. Thus, to make an impact through a convincing speech one has to come up with a strong writing skill. It is a well known fact that writing a speech is an art of language.
Though I am not sure that the speech I am going to write here on ‘Gandhi Jayanti’ will make a strong impact upon the readers or not, I am certain that it will serve the purpose for which it’s written. The target audiences for the speech are the children of the primary section. This speech is written by me for my son to deliver it in the school assembly; he is a ten year old boy and studying in class V. Now, you must have understood why my target audiences are the children of the primary section. The mothers will be more than happy to read this speech because every school organizes some or the other functions to commemorate the event ‘Gandhi Jayanti’. What can be the better option than receiving a ready-made speech for an event?
Gandhi’s opinion on Public Speaking
Before I pen down the speech I would like to mention Gandhiji’s opinion on public speaking. As the speech is on Gandhi then it becomes very relevant to know what he thought about speaking to people in public meetings and how was his experience regarding delivering a speech in public. Let me write about an incident that took place during his student life. A community called ‘Vegetarian Society’ held a meeting at a restaurant in London. It was decided that Gandhi who was then a law student had to give a speech on the benefits of vegetarianism. Gandhiji had prepared for it but when it was his turn to speak in public he simply got panicked. He could manage to speak only a line from his speech and failed to speak further. His voice got shut and someone else from the community read out his speech further. Can you imagine that this incident occurred with the man of Gandhi’s caliber? Well, it did happen.
Later, Gandhiji turned out to be an enthralling speaker and people heard him without any kind of dissatisfaction. Gandhiji’s speeches had no sign of nervousness that he reflected in earlier days. After many years of the mentioned incident when he had become an impressive speaker opined about public speaking. I quote: ‘My hesitancy in speech, which was once an annoyance, is now a pleasure. Its greatest benefit has been that it has taught me the economy of words.’ Gandhi was always a soft speaker and so his voice would sound a little hesitant every time but was not at all hesitant in putting forth his thoughts on any particular issue.
Speech on ‘Gandhi Jayanti’
Now, with the understanding of Gandhi’s opinion on Public speaking I feel happy to present a speech on ‘Gandhi Jayanti’. I feel speech has become an integral part of every successful person. It is not that every person has to address a rally but in a conference room, in a workshop, seminar or at a school assembly and so on, one has to speak. Thus, to leave an impact on the audience the writing and the delivering a speech have become a joint venture. One has to show one’s skill in writing as well as giving the speech. Keeping the basic factors in mind I have attempted the underwritten speech on ‘Gandhi Jayanti’:
‘Gandhi Jayanti’ is celebrated on the day when Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi popularly known as Gandhiji was born. It was 2nd October, 1869 in Porbander, Gujarat. India celebrates his birthday as the ‘National Holiday’.
He passed his law examination from England and then joined a job of a legal adviser in Durban, South Africa. He lived there for 20 years. During that period Gandhiji felt the pain and insult the Indians were going through in South Africa. This made him realize the condition of the Indians in India under the British regime.
His freedom struggle started in South Africa itself. ‘Satyagraha’, the term means ‘truth’ and ‘firmness’, was coined by him in S. Africa.
In 1915 Gandhiji came back to India and started participating in various freedom movements. Gopal Krishna Gokhale was his political mentor. Gandhiji always advocated the path of ‘satyagraha’ and ‘Non-violence’. His campaigns for India’s Freedom Struggle were: Non co-operation Movement, Civil Disobedience Movement and Quit India Movement. He got arrested on many occasions. His slogans ‘Quit India’ and ‘Do or Die’ were very popular.
It is said that Rabindranath Tagore named him ‘Mahatma’ but some say that general Indians named him so. Though he loved to be addressed as ‘Bapu’, the nickname affectionately given by the people of India.
Mahatma, who led India to freedom on 15th August, 1947 was killed by Nathuram Godse on 30th January, 1948. While he was shot, he uttered ‘Hey Ram!’
The curtain fell on the great patriot and his death anniversary is known as the Martyr’s Day in India.
May we all learn patriotism, truth, non-violence, simplicity, sacrifice and firmness from the ‘Father of the Nation’!
Understand and Enjoy Gandhi
I hope I've served the purpose of writing a speech on a great personality like Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. His personality and various happenings of his life are so large that all those cannot be summed up in a small speech which can be suitable for the primary section students. It is just a tip of an iceberg. This speech can be enhanced further and make it appropriate for any age group. Right now, it is for the primary students who can easily understand Gandhi from the given speech. So, let the kids enjoy the speech session and understand Gandhi which will enrich their life.
Speech By Gandhiji
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