Gandhi Jayanti: India celebrates Mahatma Gandhi's 148th birth anniversary

Trevor Jackson
October 3, 2017

Both governmental agencies and political parties organised different programmes to remember the contributions of the national leaders made to the country.

Assembly speaker Pradeep Amat and other leaders also paid floral tributes to the iconic leader's statue.

"Gandhiji taught the world the ideology of peace and non-violence".

A new book in Dutch titled "Gandhi -An illustrated biography" by Indian author Pramod Kapoor and published by Lannoo of Belgium was released during the event.

To commemorate the Gandhi Jayanthi and International Day of Non-Violence, the Centre for Gandhian and Indian Studies (CGIS), Fudan University on September 28 conducted a lecture and a round-table conference on the theme - "Gandhian Thought and International Relations Today". The current generation must draw inspiration from his ideals for a better India, Rajender Reddy noted.

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PM Modi posted a short video as tribute to the "Father of the Nation" which features PM himself invoking Mahatma Gandhi's quotes.

So far 61 villages in the district have achieved ODF status, he added.

Along with them other legislators and ministers also offered flowers at Gandhi's statue on premises of Odisha Assembly on Gandhi Jayanti. Several tinsel town stars have wished Gandhi Jayanti to their fans on social media. "Subsequently, we also need to focus on increasing awareness about cleanliness", said Bhattacharya. On 15 August, India celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence from British rule.

"Cleanliness is not only the responsibility of the authorities or local bodies, but each and every citizen of this great nation should dedicate himself to share his responsibility to keep our nation clean and green", he said.

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