Highlights – Mahatma Gandhi death anniversary: President Kovind, PM Modi pay tribute at Rajghat on Martyrs’ Day

Highlights - Mahatma Gandhi death anniversary: Gandhi's journey in India began in 1917 by launching Satyagrah from Champaran, Bihar in what is known as the first non-violent resistance to the British rule.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 30, 2018 3:37:12 pm
President Kovind Salutes the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. (Express Photo)

India on Monday remembered the father of the nation on his 70th death anniversary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress president reached Rajghat to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi was shot dead 70 years ago on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse.

Prime Minister Modi in his last ‘Mann ki Baat’ address said, “The path of peace and non-violence, is the path of Bapu and this is applicable not only for India or the world but also for a person or a family or a society. The ideals which Bapu practiced in his life, things that he imparted are relevant even today.” “What can be a bigger tribute than taking a vow that we shall tread the path of Bapu – and walk, as far as possible?” he added.

Gandhi was the pioneer of non-violence and practiced it throughout his life. His struggles brought freedom to a country which had been under British rule for about 200 years.

Highlights – Mahatma Gandhi death anniversary:

01:50 pm: The prayer meet at Rajghat marked the day as India paid tribute to the father of the nation.

 See Photos | Mahatma Gandhi death anniversary

01:07 pm: “It’s time to revive & follow his ideals to restore India to its pristine glory. His principle of non-violence is as relevant today as it was in his lifetime to ensure peace not just in India but globally,” tweeted Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

1:05 pm: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday said, “There’s not a single person in the world untouched by the teachings of Bapu.His ideologies of Satya & Ahimsa as an ideal way of life will always remain significant in times to come.”

1:00 pm: Paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik on Tuesday made a sand art remembering Bapu.

Sand Art at Puri beach. (Source: Twitter/ @sudarsansand)

12:30 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat took the salute.

11:48 am: While Gandhi preached the path of non-violence, India today is facing troubling times with violence raging across states. Most recent in Kasganj where violence took communal flair and resulted in the death of an individual.

Cartoon by Mika Aziz.

11:40 am: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Delhi assembly.

11:11 am: A prayer meeting is underway at Rajghat in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi with his favorite song Vaishnav Jan being sung. The meet is being attended by President, Prime Minister, Congress President, Vice President, three service chiefs among other dignitaries.

The meet is being attended by President, Prime Minister, Congress President, Vice President, three service chiefs among other dignitaries.

11:02 am: President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and salutes the father of the nation on his 70th death anniversary.

Highlights – Mahatma Gandhi death anniversary: President Ram Nath Kovind saluting the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. (Twitter/PresidentofIndia)

11:00 am: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, General Bipin Rawat, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba & Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa also present at Rajghat.

Army Chief Gen Bipin rawat paying tribute at Rajghat. (Express Photo)

10:45 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind have also reached Rajghat to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

PM Modi paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. (Express Photo)

10:34 am: The world was shocked by three bullets that were fired by Nathuram Godse silencing Mahatma Gandhi. Here is how the news was covered by newspapers across the world. When newspapers across the world mourned the loss of Mahatma Gandhi

10:18 am: As India observes Gandhi Jayanti, here are some rare videos of the father of the nation to relive those years. Watch | When Mahatma Gandhi awed London

10:07 am: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has also reached Rajghat to pay his tributes to the father of the nation on his death anniversary.

Former PM Manmohan Singh paying tributes at Rajghat. (Express Photo)

9:46 am: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi has reached Rajghat to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on Martyrs Day.

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Rajghat on Tuesday. (Express Photo)

9:44 am: At dusk on January 30, 1948, three powerful gunshots shred through the silence at Birla House in New Delhi, silencing the strongest voice of the Indian national movement. Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination as art 

9.35 am: People pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram on his 70th death anniversary.

Gandhi death anniversary People pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram on Tuesday. (Source: ANI)

9:20 am: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu remembering Mahatma Gandhi tweeted, “He was a true apostle of peace and non-violence. His life and message must continue to inspire every Indian.”

9.06 am: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweets, “On #MahatmaGandhi’s Martyrdom Day, let us take a pledge to live by his vision, of a free, secular and inclusive India. My Government & I pledge to continue our work to realize Mahatma’s vision and bring back #MahatmasIndia.”

8:51 am: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and remembered martyrs.

8:40 am: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has reached Gandhi Smriti to pay tributes to the father of the nation on his death anniversary.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti in New Delhi. (Express Photo)

8:37 am: BJP President Amit Shah also remembered Gandhi Ji on his 70th death anniversary and paid his tributes.

8:35 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is set to present his Union Budget on February 1 also remembered Gandhi and said, “Truth and non-violence always guided the political thought of Mahatma Gandhi. We remember his life, works and ideals on his Punya Tithi and follow the path shown by him.”

8:34 am: remembering the father of the nation, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that India today requires the message of peace and non-violence shared by Gandhi Ji.

8:32 am: The Delhi government under CM Arvind Kejriwal is organising a prayer meet at Cannaught Place at 5 pm today.

8:29 am: Gandhi’s life offers fleeting impressions of someone who, even as his feet were firmly planted on the ground, was curiously unmoored, writes Vinay Lal, professor of history, University of California. The Homeless Gandhi 

8:26 am: President Ram Nath Kovind remembering Mahatma Gandhi tweeted, “On Martyrs’ Day, we gratefully remember Mahatma Gandhi and the countless freedom fighters who sacrificed their all for our Independence.”

8:22 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembering Mahatma Gandhi tweeted, “Remembering Bapu on his Punya Tithi.”

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