In pics: Global influence of Mahatma Gandhi
From civil rights to economy from environment to labour rights, Gandhi continues to wield a global influence
Martin Luther King
He applied non-violent campaign in 1955 during the Montgomery bus boycott, helping millions of African Americans to fight for civil liberties. He said, "Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics".
File photo of Nelson Mandela
"I could never reach the standard of morality, simplicity and love for the poor set by the Mahatma, While Gandhi was a human without weaknesses, I am a man of many weaknesses, "Mandela said.
File photo of John Lennon with his wife Oko Ono
With his wife Yoko Ono, Lennon protested for non-violent interactions in the world, and for the end of the Vietnam War.
During his visit to India he said, "It is gladdening to see that even after so many years, Gandhiji's values, ideology and principles are deep-rooted in the Indian way of life".
He dedicated his life to improving treatment, pay and working conditions of farmworkers.
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan with Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was very close and worked together for India's freedom from colonial rule. He also has known as the "Frontier Gandhi" and "Badshah Khan".
After Indo-Pakistan partition, he migrated to Pakistan citizenship but became the first non-Indian citizen to be awarded India's highest civilian award(Bharat Ratna).
Gandhi and the landless
"I know of nothing which is of greater value than reading the Gita. And yet, I have found a living person who follows the philosophy of Gita in his own life. He is my master and lives in an Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati river in Gujarat" said Vinoba Bhave.
Sunder Lal Bahuguna
Sunderlal Bahuguna was an Indian environmentalist and eco-activist. He was one of the leaders of the Chipko movement (Hugging the tree to prevent deforestation).
He was a Gandhian and adopted Gandhi's philosophy of "non-violence" and "satyagraha".
She has taken up a non-violent civil campaign to resist globalisation and protect farmers and earth. Her strategy is to harvest every endangered seed and native plant, restore the soil to its original richness.
The 2011 Indian Against Corruption movement had been launched in Hazare's name. The movement had led to the creation of the Aam Aadmi Party which is currently in power in Delhi.