PM Modi on Gandhi Jayanti: ‘Life of Pujya Bapu will continue to inspire every generation of country’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday paid his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 152nd birth anniversary, and said his noble principles are “globally relevant and give strength to millions”. Several politicians and world leaders, too, honoured the Father of the Nation and his teachings on his birth anniversary, which is also celebrated as International Day of non-violence.

“Tributes to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary. I bow to respected Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti. The life and ideals of Pujya Bapu will continue to inspire every generation of the country to walk on the path of duty,” PM Modi tweeted.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to the father of the nation today by laying a wreath at Raj Ghat. During the most recent episode of his radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ last week, PM Modi urged people to honour Gandhi on his birth anniversary by buying Khadi products.

He also paid tributes to India’s second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, saying, “Tributes to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri ji on his birth anniversary. His life based on values and principles will always remain a source of inspiration for the countrymen.”

Meanwhile, from Union Home Minister Amit Shah to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi — tributes poured in from political leaders to mark the occasion. “The great life of Mahatma Gandhi was like a continuous national sacrifice, which inspired the whole world to walk on the path of peace and non-violence,” Shah tweeted.

President Ram Nath Kovind urged people to take a pledge to ensure India is the country “of Gandhiji’s dreams, while adhering to his teachings, ideals and values”.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, too, shared a tribute for Mahatma Gandhi, urging the world to follow his message of peace, and commit to building a “better future for all”. “It is time to usher in a new era of peace, trust and tolerance,” his tweet read.

Born on October 2, 1869 in Gujarat’s Porbandar, Gandhi was at the forefront of India’s struggle for freedom from colonial British rule. Driven by the principles of ‘Swaraj’ (self governance) and ‘ahimsa’ (non-violence), Gandhi’s teachings have won him many accolades across the world. He was assassinated on January 30, 1948 by Nathuram Godse.

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