Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 153rd birth anniversary, and said that Gandhi Jayanti is more special this year as ‘India is marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. He also urged the citizens to purchase Khadi and handicrafts products as a tribute to the father of the nation.
Tributes poured in from several politicians and world leaders to mark the occasion. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasised on Gandhi’s values of peace, respect and dignity to defeat today’s challenges.
Gandhi’s birth anniversary is globally observed as the International Day of Non-Violence, underlining his philosophy of non-violence to achieve social or political change.
Greeting the nation on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, President Droupadi Murmu said it is an occasion for all to rededicate themselves to the values of Gandhi’s life – peace, equality and communal harmony.
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge also arrived at Rajghat to pay floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi attended an event at Khadi Gramodyog in Badanavalu, Mysuru to mark the 153rd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Sharing his message on Twitter, the Congress MP said, “Bapu taught us to walk on the path of truth and non-violence. Today on Gandhi Jayanti, we take a pledge, just as he united the country against injustice, we will now unite our India.”