New Delhi, Oct 2 (Prensa Latina) With various ceremonies, exhibitions and the inauguration of a temple, India today celebrated the 146th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and the most prominent leader of the national independence movement.
As part of the activities, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited this morning the Raj Ghat, a memorial to Gandhi in New Delhi, where he paid tribute inclining his head before the monument.
Modi attended the homage along with various ministers and L.K. Advani, leader of the government Bharatiya Janata Party.
Heartfelt tribute to the revered father of the nation, tweeted later the head of government.
President Pranab Mukherjee laid a floral tribute at the monument, which was visited by thousands of people, many of them children with poems and letters left at the site.
The place was also attended by the president of the Indian National Congress, Sonia Ganhdi, who was accompanied by the former head of government of the capital, Sheila Dikshit.
Remembering Bapu (father in Gujarati language). May his message of compassion, tolerance and harmony guides us as a people and a nation, tweeted the vice president of that party, Rahul Gandhi. In Andhra Pradesh state, the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu paid floral tributes to the statue of Gandhi in Guntur city, where a temple in his honor was opened on Friday.
Various activities in homage to the Father of the Nation were also conducted in the states of Talangana, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana, among others.
This day we remember his struggle against colonialism, social injustice, racism and casteism, said the governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N.N. Vohra.
On the occasion of his birthday, the United Nations agreed to observe October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence, a practice prompted by Gandhi during the fight for Indian independence from Great Britain.
Politician, thinker and promoter of Indian nationalism, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was an outspoken advocate of Ahimsa, a philosophical concept that champions non-violence and respect for life.