Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and world leaders pay homage at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat on the concluding day of the G20 Summit, in New Delhi, Sunday, September 10, 2023. (PTI Photo)
INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on a rain-soaked Sunday (10) received leaders of G20 at Rajghat, a memorial complex dedicated to India’s iconic freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi, where they paid tributes to the latter.
Among the leaders who were present are US president Joe Biden, United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres, Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong and International Monetary Fund managing director Georgieva Kristalina, among others.
At the iconic Rajghat, the G20 family paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi – the beacon of peace, service, compassion and non-violence.
As diverse nations converge, Gandhi Ji’s timeless ideals guide our collective vision for a harmonious, inclusive and prosperous global future. pic.twitter.com/QEkMsaYN5g
Modi welcomed the dignitaries with an ‘angvastram’ or stole while standing against the backdrop of an image of ‘Bapu Kuti’ or the Mahatma’s hut. It is actually located at the Sevagram ashram near Wardha in the western Indian state of Maharashtra where the Mahatma lived from 1936 till his assassination in 1948.
Modi, who also hails from the state of Gujarat like the Mahatma, was seen explaining to the leaders about the significance of ‘Bapu Kuti’.
After paying tributes to the Mahatma, the leaders signed on the ‘Peace Wall’ at the Leaders’ Lounge.