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The US President, Mr. Barack Obama paying floral tributes at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, in Delhi on January 25, 2015. The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal is also seen.

 

The US President, Mr. Barack Obama paying floral tributes at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, in Delhi on January 25, 2015. The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal is also seen.
The US President, Mr. Barack Obama paying floral tributes at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, in Delhi on January 25, 2015. The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal is also seen.

US President Barack Obama, who is the chief guest at India’s 66th Republic Day parade, laid a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat and planted a sapling in the complex on the bank of the Yamuna river.

Accompanied by Minister in Waiting Piyush Goyal and Rajghat officials, Obama placed the wreath and paid floral tributes at the memorial of the apostle of peace.

He also observed a moment of silence and went around the black granite platform, which has Mahatma Gandhi’s last words ‘Hey Ram’ inscribed on it. The entire complex, including the platform, was decked with flowers.

Obama, who is here on a three-day visit and has often invoked the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and described him as an “inspirational figure”, then signed the guest book.

The US President, Mr. Barack Obama laying wreath at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, in Delhi on January 25, 2015. The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal is also seen.
The US President, Mr. Barack Obama laying wreath at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, in Delhi on January 25, 2015. The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal is also seen.

The US president was presented a bust of Father of the Nation and seven points of his social messages. He then planted a sapling of ‘peepal’ tree in the complex of Gandhi memorial.

This is Obama’s second visit to Rajghat. During his previous India visit in November 2010 too, he had visited the memorial.

The “spirit of (Mahatma) Gandhi is very much alive in India today”.

“What Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said then remains true today – the spirit of Gandhi is very much alive in India today. And it remains a great gift to the world. May we always live in his spirit of love and peace – among all people and nations,” he wrote in the visitors book at the Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat.

Obama, who is here on a three-day visit, has often invoked the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and described him as an “inspirational figure”.

The US president was presented a bust of Father of the Nation, a charkha, a scroll made of khadi which had the seven social sins printed on it and three books which include Gandhi’s autobiography “The Story of My Experiments With Truth.

“We presented him a Gandhi bust, charkha, a scroll made of khadi which has the seven social sins printed on it, khadi vastra and three books which include Gandhi’s autobiography, Mind of Mahatma Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi 100 years,” Rajnish Kumar, secretary, Rajghat Samadhi,┬ásaid.

This is Obama’s second visit to Rajghat. During his previous India visit in November 2010 too, he had visited the memorial.

On his last visit Nov 8,2010, Obama, in the guest book had written: “We will always remember the great soul who changed the world with his message of peace, tolerance and love. More than 60 years after his passing, his light continues to inspire the world.”

 

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