"Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr but let no one lust for martyrdom." -Mahatma Gandhi
Martyr's Day, also known as Shaheed Diwas or Sarvodaya Day, is observed on January 30 all over the country to remember the sacrifice of the great soul — Mahatma Gandhi — who was violently shot dead while going for prayer on January,30, 1948. This day was the darkest day for the nation as Gandhiji, fondly known as Bapu, was assassinated by Nathuram Godse during the evening prayers at Gandhi Smriti in the Birla House. Gandhiji, then armed with nothing but potent non-violent armaments uprooted the powerful British Empire from the Indian subcontinent. We also pay homage to our brave leaders who braced the storm of the British Raj and ushered in the dawn of freedom.
Delhi Public School, Patna observed Martyr's Day to pay homage to our great leader. A two-minute silence was observed which was followed by soulful renditions of the famous ‘Iswar, Allah tero Naam, Vaisno Jan, Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram and other songs by the Music Department and the school choir. The school reverberated with Gandhi Ji's favourite songs as all students and teachers joined in singing to pay tribute to Bapu. The day concluded with a solemn speech by the Principal of the school, Mr. B. Vinod. He called upon the students and teachers to follow the ideals of the great leader. The need of the hour in the world in general and in India in particular on Martyr’s Day is to get back to the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He showed us that a project of peaceful and harmonious living among people of different cultures and religions in the world is indeed possible.