President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi among top leaders pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, on his sesquicentennial…. reports Asian Lite News
Mahatma Gandhi’s commitment to peace, harmony and brotherhood remained unwavering, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembering the Father of the Nation on his sesquicentennial on Wednesday.
Modi also visited Gandhiji’s samadhi Raj Ghat to pay his tributes. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
He later tweeted: “At Rajghat, paid tributes to Bapu. Gandhi Ji’s commitment to peace, harmony and brotherhood remained unwavering. He envisioned a world where the poorest of the poor are empowered. His ideals are our guiding light. #Gandhi150.”
“Tributes to beloved Bapu! On #Gandhi150, we express gratitude to Mahatma Gandhi for his everlasting contribution to humanity. We pledge to continue working hard to realise his dreams and create a better planet,” he also wrote.
The President tweeted: “Homage to Bapu on #GandhiJayanti. The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is an occasion for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the values of truth, non-violence, harmony, morality and simplicity. His message remains relevant for all & he continues to be our guiding light.”
“As we pay reverential homage to the Mahatma on his 150th Birth Anniversary, let us strive to transform our lives by internalizing and implementing the Gandhian principles in our daily life. This is the real tribute to the Father of our Nation. #Mahatma150 #MahatmaGandhi,” Vice President Venkaiah Naidu wrote on Twitter.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also tweeted: “Today as a tribute to #MahatmaGandhi this day is also commemorated as day of Non-Violence. World really needs Non-Violence because Violence creates problems, Non-Violence offers solution.”
Tribute To Shastri
While the spotlight on October 2 was on Mahatma Gandhi as it was his 150th birth anniversary, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, in a series of tweets remembered former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri as well, who shares his birth date with the Father of the nation.
Early on the Wednesday morning Naidu paid floral tributes at Vijay Ghat, the place where India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri was cremated and a memorial stands in his honour. Calling the former Prime Minister “a man of great integrity, simplicity, humbleness & tolerance”, Naidu reminded the nation, how Shastri had a connect with the common man on the street.
“Shastri Ji was renowned for his resoluteness and firmness of action. The values and morals he taught and lived by would transcend time and generations to come”, tweeted he.
Naidu urged youngsters to learn about Shastri’s life to draw inspiration from. Naidu insisted that it will help today’s generation to serve India with “zeal and passion”.
Naidu said floral tributes aside, the real tribute to the man who coined ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ slogan will be to emulate Shastri’s simplicity.
Naidu tweeted: “We will be paying a real tribute to Shastri Ji by leading a life of simplicity & upholding the highest standards of integrity & morals.”