Today is Sarvodaya Day or Martyr Day in India. It is the day that in 1948 Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist.
So it's the day they killed Mahatma Gandhi.
Chillingly, it's also the day in 1956 when American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.'s home is bombed in retaliation for the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Anyhow, I thought I'd go read an Indian paper and see how they deal with the 60th anniversary of killing Mahatma Gandhi.
I found nothing about it at first, then I found all of the following:
In Bangalore Today
Gayathri Mantra and Meditation: S. Krishnamurthy, SSMRV PU College, 26th Main, 4th T Block, Jayanagar, 6.30 p.m.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12: Swami Abhaya Chaitanya, 1st Main, 3rd Cross, Banashankari III Stage, 6.30 p.m.
Sri Shanmukaiah Akkur Math: Kuchalamba Samskruthika Mandira, Jayanagar, 6.30 p.m.
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath: "Kashmir: Hameen Ast," exhibition of photographs by Rajesh M. Parikh, Kumara Krupa Road, 10 a.m.
Saraswathi Gana Sabha: Flute recital by N. Ramani and party, Odukkathur Swamigal Math, Gangadhara Chetty Road, 6 p.m.
Kaavya Maala: "Enchanting Kodagu and Kasaragodu," exhibition of photographs by Ravi Kirana, Manasa Gallery, 8th Cross, between 6th and 7th main, Malleswaram, 11 a.m.
Government of Karnataka: Leprosy Eradication Day, Bangalore Medical College, 10.30 a.m.
Akshaya Academy: Sarvodaya Day to offer prayers for universal peace and harmony, Nayana, Kannada Bhavan, J.C. Road, 10.30 a.m.
Gandhi Centre of Science and Human Values of the Bhavan: Slide show on "Sarvodaya Day: Last Days of Gandhiji and his memorials" by H. Chandrashekhara, Siddavanahalli Krishna Sharma building, B.E.S. High School, 8th Cross, Malleswaram, 3.30 p.m.
Sports Writers Association of Bangalore: Prakash Padukone and Ashwini Nachappa at annual awards function 2006, Hotel Atria, Palace Road, 11 a.m.
Bangalore Mahanagara Palike: Mayor Mumtaz Begum launches free computer training centre, BMP Ward Office, near Mavalli Mosque, Fort Road, 10 a.m.
Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry: FKCCI senior vice-president R.C. Purohit inaugurates one-day conference on "Human capital management in service industry," S.R.N. Adarsh College, 9.30 a.m.
Indian Concrete Institute: International seminar on "Non-destructive testing," B.M.S. College of Engineering, Bull Temple Road, 9.30 a.m.
Confederation of Indian Industry: "IPR Summit 2006," International conference on IPR, Hotel ITC Windsor Manor Sheraton, 9.30 a.m.
Rotary Club of Bangalore: Presentation of Young Inventors Award, Rotary House of Friendship, Lavelle Road, 7 p.m.
Directorate of Field Publicity: State-level workshop for communicators on "National Rural Health Mission" and "Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control," Kendriya Sadan, Koramangala, 11.30 a.m.
National Alliance of People's Movements: Social activist Medha Patkar speaks on "Social movement and the role of intelligentsia in shaping young minds," St. Joseph's College of Arts and Science, Lalbagh Road, 2 p.m.
Bangalore Mahanagara Palike: Sarva Dharma Sabha as part of Sarvodaya Day, Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Mahatma Gandhi Road, 8.30 a.m.
Rotary Club of Bangalore Indiranagar: Presentation by GSE team from South Dakota, United States, Rotary House of Service, 16th E Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, 7 p.m.
Janata Dal (Secular): Sarvodaya Day, H.D. Kumaraswamy participates, Janata Dal (Secular) office, Race Course Road, 11 a.m.
But then I realized I was reading the paper from 2006. I looked at today's online paper, nothing. Well, not nothing, look they're doing a Phil Collins tribute at the Hard Rock Cafe. (I missed the part when Eric Clapton was part of Genesis, though).
Rocking with Phil Collins Radio Indigo and Hard Rock Café in association with Prestige The Man store is presenting an exclusive Phil Collins special night. Phil Collins was part of the group Genesis with renowned guitarist Eric Clapton. As he celebrates his birthday on January 30, a special showcase event – “One more night” is scheduled today at Hard Rock Café, St. Mark’s road from 8 p.m. onwards. The evening will have some of the best drummers from the city perform Phil Collins tracks. Exclusive videos and live footage of the artist’s performance will be played. Phil Collins fans can look forward to winning some exclusive goodie bags by answering trivia about the artist.
Also, a major story in India today:
Learn Urban Salsa in 8 easy steps
1. Archana and Vinod kick start Urban Salsa with the basic salsa hold, with his left foot kept forward and her right leg stepped back.
Oh, and there are ads for Hip Hop Abs. Looks like India is really coming along nicely.