New Delhi: India commemorated the 150th anniversary of bygone leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2 by fondly remembering the deeds and ideologies of the man better known as Mahatma.
Major events are lined up throughout the day and citizens across the country paid homage to the ‘Father of the Nation’. Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his day by visiting Gandhi’s resting place at Rajghat in Delhi and paid tributes. Later in the day, he visited Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to garland the Gandhi statue later and pay tributes to Mahatma.
The Prime Minister will also visit the Parliament to pay floral tributes to Gandhi as well as Lal Bahadur Shastri who shares his birthday with ‘Bapu’.
During a special programme at the riverfront in Gujarat, PM Modi announced the country open defecation-free. The event was attended by nearly 20,000 sarpanches from the state. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah will also address a small gathering in Shalimar Bagh in Delhi and flag off a ‘Gandhi Sankalp Yatra’ from the Ramlila Maidan.
On Tuesday, President Ram Nath Kovind whose birthday falls just a day before Gandhi gave a statement saying that Gandhi Jayanti is a special occasion for everyone to rededicate ourselves to the values of truth, non-violence, harmony, morality and simplicity.