India celebrates 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

DELHI, Oct 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign in 2014, will declare the country open defecation-free at the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat in the evening. On the other hand, BJP president Amit Shah is set to flag off the party’s nationwide “Gandhi Sankalp Yatra”.

Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of non-violence, co-existence, compassion, truth, environmental sustainability and economic self-reliance had not only shaped India, but many nations across the world.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi was the first person who paid floral tribute at Rajghat,the resting place of the Mahatma Gandhi.

President Ram Nath Kovind remembered the Mahatma on his 150th birth anniversary today. Earlier in a message on Tuesday evening, he said Gandhi is a global icon revered across continents and he showed everyone the path to communal unity, removal of untouchability, and upliftment of women.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh paid homage to the Mahatma.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Government of Pakistan Fawad Hussain also remembered the Mahatma as “great leader of the subcontinent”.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres paid tribute to the great leader, who is followed by people across the world for propagating the message of non-violence and peace.


Former student leader Umar Khalid remembered Mahatma Gandhi saying, “When most were celebrating the dawn of Independence, one man was visiting the riot torn parts of the country. At the height of communal mayhem, he openly said that he stands with minorities. For this, he was assasinated shortly after by a Hindutva fanatic.”

When most were celebrating the dawn of Independence, one man was visiting the riot torn parts of the country. At the height of communal mayhem, he openly said that he stands with minorities. For this, he was assasinated shortly after by a Hindutva fanatic

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