Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday led the nation in paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, fondly remembered as Bapu or the father of the nation, on his 153rd birth anniversary.
Gandhi Jayanti is observed on October 2 every year to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who dedicated his life to India’s struggle for independence. A preacher of non-violence (Ahimsa), Gandhi’s birthday is also observed as the International Day of Non-Violence, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007.
In a video tribute, Modi wrote on Twitter: “Paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi on #GandhiJayanti. This Gandhi Jayanti is even more special because India is marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Maybe (we) always live up to Bapu’s ideals…”
He also urged people to buy Khadi and handicraft products as a tribute to Gandhi. Modi also arrived at Delhi’s Rajghat – Gandhi’s final resting place – to pay his respects.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – in a tweet – commemorated the International Day of Non-Violence and remembered Gandhi’s teachings.
“On International Day of Non-Violence, we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday & values of peace, respect & the essential dignity shared by everyone. We can defeat today’s challenges by embracing these values & working across cultures,” he said.
Born on October 2, 1869, in Gujarat’s Porbandar, Mahatma Gandhi or Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi led India’s freedom struggle against British colonial rule. He is widely remembered for his unwavering belief in Swaraj (self-governance) and Ahimsa (non-violence) which had won him accolades across the world.
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