India celebrates 151st birth anniversary of 'father of the nation' Mahatma Gandhi

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New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Oct 02, 2020, 09.18 AM(IST)

Gandhi Jayanti Photograph:( Reuters )

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma for his sacrifices in achieving freedom for India from the clutches of British rule in 1947, was assassinated on January 30, 1948.

India on Friday is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of its 'father of the nation' Mahatma Gandhi.

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti -- as the day is referred to, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi early morning paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi.

They also paid homage to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary at Vijay Ghat.

There is much to learn from Mahatma Gandhi's life and thoughts, PM Modi said as he shared a short video of his remarks on the father of the nation.

"October 2nd is a holy and inspirational day for all of us. Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) thoughts and ideals are more relevant today. Mahatma Gandhi-ji used to say his life is his message and he never tried to influence with his life but his life became an inspiration for others," he said in the short video which he shared on Twitter.

Mahatma Gandhi, PM Modi said, believed in "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" (the world is one family) and showed path to the nation through satya (truth), ahimsa (non violence), Satyagraha.

May Bapu's ideals keep guiding us in creating a prosperous and compassionate India, he added.

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President Kovind was accompanied by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as they paid tributes at Shastri's memorial at Vijay Ghat.

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An interfaith prayer was held and Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajans "Vaishanv Jan To" and "Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram" were rendered as dignitaries paid homage at his memorial at Rajghat.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma for his sacrifices in achieving freedom for India from the clutches of British rule in 1947, was assassinated on January 30, 1948.

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