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President, PM Modi pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited Raj Ghat and paid homage to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi tweeted on the occasion of the 151st birth anniversary adding that there is much to learn from “his life and noble thoughts”.

“We bow to beloved Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti. There is much to learn from his life and noble thoughts. May Bapu’s ideals keep guiding us in creating a prosperous and compassionate India,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

Born on 2 October 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who linked himself to the nationalist movement against the British rule of India.

October 2 is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti to observe and remember ‘Father of the nation’ on his birthday. Not just India but many countries celebrate his birth anniversary as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Mahatma Gandhi promoted non-violence as a tool that not only freed India from the British but also won millions of hearts leaving its mark on the world.

He adopted a non-violent resistance and was the forefront of the freedom struggle against colonial British rule with utmost patience.

This led to India finally achieving its independence in 1947. Fondly known as Bapu, his unwavering belief in ‘Swaraj’ (self-governance) and ‘Ahimsa’ (non-violence) won him accolades across the world.

Several events were held in India and across the world to mark the occasion.