Nation remembers Gandhi as champion of non-violence

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Oct 2018 08:41:57



Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Pawar, and Governor Vidyasagar Rao also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 149th birth anniversary. Twitter unveiled a ‘Gandhi Emoji’ on this day

FROM school kids offering floral tributes at Rajghat to social media enthusiasts using special ‘emojis’ and hashtags, from political leaders talking about his message of non-violence and inclusive development to foreign dignitaries recalling him as “guide” in a troubled world, Mahtma Gandhi was remembered by one and all on his 149th birth anniversary on Tuesday.

While Rajghat, the memorial dedicated to Gandhi in the national capital, was thronged by visitors since early morning by commoners and VIPs alike, special prayers and cleanliness drives were held throughout the country and at several places abroad to remember the national icon.
Top leaders including President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid their tributes and urged the people to rededicate themselves to the values espoused by Gandhi and fulfil his dreams.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi also paid homage to the father of the nation at Rajghat amid strains of ‘bhajans’. Kovind and Modi also greeted people on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and urged people to imbibe the values he stood for.

“Let us rededicate ourselves to the values espoused by Mahatma Gandhi - peace, fraternity, harmony and inclusive national development. Gandhiji’s message remains relevant for all and he continues to be our guiding light,” the President tweeted.

Modi also took to Twitter to extol the virtues of Gandhi, who led the nation to freedom, riding a path of non-violence. The Government has planned grand celebrations to mark beginning of the 150th year of Gandhi’s anniversary which would culminate on October 2, 2019.

The Congress Chief was among the first of the senior leaders to pay homage at Mahatma’s solemn memorial bedecked with flowers. Several other leaders, foreign diplomats and senior Government officials joined in paying tribute to the Mahatma at Rajghat. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is on a visit to India, also visited Rajghat and hailed Mahatma as a “great soul” and humanity’s “guide in our troubled world”. Social media platform Twitter unveiled a ‘Gandhi Emoji’ which users around the world were seen using in their tweets to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday. The emoji was officially launched by Prime Minister Modi on Twitter, the micro-blogging platform said.

India also released special commemorative stamps to mark the beginning of the year-long celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in the Netherlands. In Washington, half a dozen influential US lawmakers, including four Indian Americans, moved a resolution to posthumously award the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal to Mahatma Gandhi in recognition of his promotion of peace and non-violence.