World remembers Mahatma Gandhi today on his 146th birthday….reports Asian Lite News. LONDON EVENT: Tavistock Square at 11 am
Today is Gandhi Jayanti. The 146th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. The UN marks today as International Day of Non-Violence to remember Mahatma.
President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee said “Gandhi Jayanti is a day when we should rededicate ourselves to Bapu’s ideals of non-violence, peace and tolerance.
“Gandhiji was an extraordinary revolutionary with rare farsightedness. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru said on the sad demise of Gandhiji, The light is gone and yet it will shine for a thousand years.
The ideals that Gandhiji espoused are part of our collective living heritage. This heritage is deeply imbued with the idea of being ‘one people.’
“It is a celebration of our diversity, our plural culture, our many languages, religions and different modes of life. This was the idea that moved those who strove for India’s freedom. Our deep and abiding commitment to democracy stems from this idea. We continue to be guided by these ideals. We remain committed to them not because it is our past, but because it is also our future.
On this occasion, I urge all citizens to imbibe wisdom from the valued teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and strive to translate Bapu’s ideals into action. May his vision lead us through the challenges of the present and enable us build a strong and resurgent India”.
Priti Patel MP, Prime Minister’s Indian Diaspora Champion and Employment Minister, said: “Today is a momentous day in our shared history. Not only is it the International Day of Non-Violence, it is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian’s democratic movement – and one of history’s greatest-ever proponents of peace.
“Gandhi’s philosophy has inspired much positive and peaceful change around the world and he holds an enduring significance to both of our countries.
“Indeed, the strength of our relationship, this partnership of equals, is just one of the many legacies left by Gandhi. Today is a day to reflect on Gandhi’s life and all his achievements, in particular his fervent belief in peaceful protest over military aggression.
“However, it is also a fitting time to look forward at the UK-India relationship which continues to grow from strength to strength, supported by the talented and energetic Indian diaspora community in the UK.
“It is in this spirit that we will welcome Sri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, here in November to celebrate the long-standing bonds between our two nations and explore ways to deepen our partnership even further.”