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Modi, Indian leaders pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on icon’s 154th birth anniversary

Apart from the prime minister, leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge and Om Birla also remembered the freedom fighter on his birth anniversary.

(FILES) Mohandas Karamchand ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (2) paid tribute to iconic Indian freedom fighter and peace leader Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 154th birth anniversary.

In a post on X, the prime minister, who hails from the western state of Gujarat as did Gandhi, said Bapu’s timeless teachings continue to illuminate everyone’s path.

Gandhi is fondly remembered as ‘Bapu’ or the ‘father of the nation’.

“I bow to Mahatma Gandhi on the special occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. His timeless teachings continue to illuminate our path. Mahatma Gandhi’s impact is global, motivating the entire humankind to further the spirit of unity and compassion. May we always work towards fulfilling his dreams. May his thoughts enable every youngster be the agent of change he dreamt of, fostering unity and harmony all over,” Modi tweeted.

He also visited Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Gandhi, in Delhi at 7.30 am in the morning and paid tribute to the legendary leader.

Other leaders such as Mallikarjun Kharge, president of the opposition Indian National Congress; Om Birla, speaker of India’s Lok Sabha or Lower House of the parliament and others also paid floral tributes to Gandhi at Raj Ghat.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also paid tribute to Gandhi tweeting, “The path of truth, non-violence and harmony, the path to unite India, was shown by Mahatma Gandhi. Hundreds of salutes to Bapu on his birth anniversary.”

On the eve of Gandhi’s birth anniversary, a cleanliness drive was organised across the country following Modi’s appeal for the campaign.

In a recent episode of his radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ (inner voice), the prime minister appealed for “one hour of shramdaan (voluntary labour) for swachhata (cleanliness)” on October 1 by all citizens, saying it would be a “swachhanjali” (tribute through cleanliness) to Gandhi on the eve of his birth anniversary.

Gandhi, originally named Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was born in Porbandar in present-day Gujarat on October 2, 1869, and was assassinated in Delhi on January 30, 1948.

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