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Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Highlights: Rural India declared open defecation-free, says PM

Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Several events have been organised across the country and the world today to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 2, 2019 10:20:41 pm
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Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Live Updates:  Rural India and its villages have declared themselves ‘open defecation free’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary Wednesday.

People were mobilised for ‘satyagarah’ on Mahatma Gandhi’s call, today they did the same for swachhagrah, he said in Ahmedabad. Modi arrived in the city to visit the Sabarmati Ashram. He visited Rajghat Tuesday morning to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation at his memorial. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu were also present there.

The Congress marked the day by undertaking padyatras — walking to the tunes of “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram…” across the country. The ‘Gandhi Sandesh Yatra’ began from the Delhi Congress office Rajiv Bhavan at Deendayal Upadhyay Marg headed to Rajghat, about three kilometres away, with enthusiastic party workers waving flags and chanting the slogan ‘Mahatma Gandhi Amar Rahein’.

Numerous events were organised by various government departments, ministries and voluntary organisations to celebrate life and legacy of Gandhi, who besides leading the freedom struggle also inspired millions of people across the globe, including leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr and the Dalai Lama. School, colleges and institutes across the country are organising special events today and through the week to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma.

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PM Modi was in Gujarat on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. Read in Bangla

20:57 (IST)02 Oct 2019
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PM Modi in Gujarat: Sanitation, conservation of environment and animals, all these things were dear to Gandhi ji. Plastic is a major threat to all of them. So, we have to achieve the goal to eradicate 'single-use plastic' from the country by the year 2022. 

20:55 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Whole world is amazed: PM Modi on Swachh Bharat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad: Today whole world is appreciating and awarding us. Providing toilets to more than 60 crore people in 60 months, building more than 11 crore toilets, the whole world is amazed by this.

20:37 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Rural India declared open-defecation free: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 'Swachh Bharat Diwas' programme in Ahmedabad: Today rural India and its villages have declared themselves 'open defecation free'.

20:30 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Satisfied that India fulfilling Gandhi's dream of Swachh Bharat: PM Modi in Sabarmati

PM's message in visitor's book at Sabarmati Ashram: "I am satisfied that on the occasion of Gandhi At 150, we're witnessing the fulfillment of his dream of 'Swachh Bharat'. I feel lucky that on this occasion when India has successfully stopped open defecation I'm here at the ashram."

20:09 (IST)02 Oct 2019
PM Modi releases commemorative Rs 150 coin on Gandhi Jayanti

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative Rs 150 coin, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary in Ahmedabad

19:48 (IST)02 Oct 2019
PM arrives for 'Swachh Bharat Diwas' programme at Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived for the 'Swachh Bharat Diwas' programme at Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also present.

19:31 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gujarat: PM visits Sabarmati Riverfront

After visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, Prime Minister Modi visited the Sabarmati Riverfront. 

PM Modi at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. (Source: ANI)
18:56 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Ahmedabad: PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Wednesday evening and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani was also present at the ashram.



PM Modi at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. (Source: ANI)
18:33 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Respect for India seen on Howdy, Modi event; Republicans, Democrats came together: PM

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18:32 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi offers solution to any problem in the world: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. "Take any problem the world faces, the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi offer solutions to those challenges."

18:29 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Respect for India increasing at world stage: PM Modi in Ahmedabad

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18:25 (IST)02 Oct 2019
PM Modi arrives in Ahmedabad, to visit Sabarmati Ashram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Ahmedabad. He will visit the Sabarmati Ashram today, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary

18:00 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi or Godse: Congress' Digvijay Singh slams 'ideology that killed Mahatma'

Addressing Congress workers on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, party leader Digvijaya Singh said, "The ideology that killed Mahatma Gandhi is telling its workers to do padyatra in every panchayat for a month. I would like to ask them what will they do there and how will they project Gandhi ji? Will you put across Gandhi's side or Godse's side?"

17:18 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Peace marches, drives against plastic use mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Campaigns against single-use plastic and peace marches on Wednesday marked the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and called upon people to follow the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi.

"Humble tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birth Anniversary. May his commitment to truth, non-violence & compassion for all continue to guide us. Let us all come together & renew our commitment to Gandhiji's pledge to wipe every tear from every eye," Amarinder said in his tweet.

Khattar, who took part in a swachhta campaign in Badshahpur, Gurgaon, said, "We should all take a pledge to follow footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi."

16:53 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Inter-faith prayers organised in South Africa

Inter faith prayer meetings were organised today in different cities of South Africa on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. 

16:51 (IST)02 Oct 2019
UK remembers Mahatma on 150th birth anniversary
16:33 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy at core of our work at UN: António Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi: "Mahatma Gandhi pioneered successive non-violent movements that changed history. 150 years since his birth, Gandhi’s philosophy is at the core of our work at the UN. May his courage & conviction continue to inspire us on Wednesday’s International Day of Non-Violence & every day."

16:24 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Mahatma's statue unveiled in Nepal

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled today within the premises of Embassy of India in Kathmandu by Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri. 

16:22 (IST)02 Oct 2019
On Gandhi Jayanti, revisiting the Kerala temple town where Gandhi helped fight untouchability

At the Varkala ashram, Gandhi struck a historic conversation with Sree Narayana Guru, the Ezhava-born social reformer who grew to become one of Kerala’s most influential intellectual minds. Historian Ramachandra Guha writes in his book ‘Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World’ that Gandhi had come away greatly impressed with Guru’s ideas, even though they had different theological positions.

The efforts of Gandhi, Periyar and thousands of others resulted in the Travancore administration climbing down from their earlier rigid positions and opening three of the four temple roads to people of the lower castes in 1925. But it was not until the Temple Entry Act in November, 1936, over a decade after the Vaikom agitation, that the doors of the temple and all the others in Travancore were thrown open to people of all castes by the state’s ruling family.

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16:15 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Lankan president, PM pay tribute to Gandhi, bust unveiled

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday unveiled a bronze bust of Mahatma Gandhi at his official residence 'Temple Trees' here as he paid floral tribute to the Indian leader on his 150th birth anniversary.

The bronze bust sculpted by the Padma Bhushan awardee Ram Vanji Suatr was unveiled at the Temple Trees in the presence of Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe unveiled a Gandhi bust on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary at Temple Tree, the Indian embassy said.

Sri Lanka also issued two commemorative stamps on the occasion. President Maithripala Sirisena also paid floral tributes to Gandhi.

"To pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, a special programme was held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo," a statement issued by the Indian mission said.

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Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Live Updates:

Jitu Vaghani said that PM Modi will attend the state-level Navratri festival organised at the GMDC ground in the city. He will spend time at the garba ground before leaving for Delhi. Those visiting Gujarat to attend the October 2 function at Sabarmati Riverfront will be taken to places associated with Gandhi, such as the memorial associated with the historic salt march which was led by him in 1930, and the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

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A mega cleanliness drive has been organsied by the administration of Navsari district at the Dandi beach. Gandhi made salt at Dandi as part of the civil disobedience movement known as 'Salt Satyagrah'.

Navsari collector Adra Agarwal said that around 1500 people are likely to participate in the cleanliness drive to clean the Dandi beach.

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Nearly 900 students will share their views on Gandhi's teachings of non-violence at the ashram. The ashram trust said that these children are among the 30,000 students from government primary schools who are learning lessons in non-violence by facilitators at the ashram.

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