New Delhi, January 30
The nation on Saturday remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 73rd death anniversary with President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the country in paying homage to the Father of the Nation.
President Kovind, VP Naidu, PM Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, among others, also paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat in Delhi.
Naidu and Modi also attended an inter-faith prayer meeting in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi Smriti here.
Gandhi was shot dead on this day in 1948 by Nathuram Godse. His death anniversary is observed as Martyrs’ Day.
Kovind said people should adhere to his ideals of peace, non-violence, simplicity, purity of means and humility.
“Gandhiji was a crusader of peace, non-violence and selfless service. Both, through his words and actions, he left an indelible imprint on the sands of time. He inspired countless people worldwide to follow the path of ahimsa,” Naidu said.
Paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi, Modi said his ideals continue to motivate millions.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi shared a quote of the Father of the Nation – “Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.” Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi, remembering that he had said the “ruler who defies public opinion is cruel and any unjust law is a form of violence in itself”. — PTI