New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Wednesday arrived at the Ahmedabad airport for Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, addressed a public gathering and said the country’s stature has risen at the global stage.

“India’s stature is rising at the world stage. Respect for India is increasing all over. One can experience the change. The world can see that India is at the forefront of several positive changes taking place at the world stage,” PM Modi said.

Recalling Gandhi as a global leader, PM Modi said that Gandhi’s 150th anniversary has been marked at the United Nations with immense enthusiasm. “Take any problem the world faces, the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi offer solutions to those challenges,” he said.

Talking about his recent visit to the UN and his address at the UNGA, PM Modi said the country is celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary and his ‘favourite song – Vaishnav Jan Toh Tene Kahiye Je’ was sung in multiple languages ay several global forums.

Highlighting his mega event at Houston, PM Modi said that the respect for India was seen during the ‘Howdy, Modi’ programme in Houston.

“We saw a glimpse of the respect India has at the world stage during the #HowdyModi programme in Houston. At that programme, Republicans and Democrats spoke. Their coming was very special,” he added.


As the country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Ahmedabad airport around 6 pm and was received by BJP workers.

As part of the celebration, a number of programmes and events have also been planned in Ahmedabad and other parts of Gujarat. Straight from the airport, PM Modi went to Sabarmati Ashram and paid tributes to Mahatama Gandhi there.

Later he visited the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

After that, he will head to the Sabarmati Riverfront, where he will declare the country open defecation-free (ODF) in the presence of over 20,000 village heads. He will also announce a complete ban on single-use plastic as part of the government’s initiative to make the country plastic-free.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister shared his complete schedule on Twitter and said that efforts made by scores of cleanliness workers will be recognized at the event.