India remembered Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary on Monday. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders paid floral tributes at Rajghat this morning.
“Bow to beloved Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti. His noble ideals motivate millions across the world,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
Several other leaders and personalities across the country wished the nation on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, fondly remembered as Bapu, was born in 1869 in Gujarat’s Porbandar.
Barrister by profession, Mahatma Gandhi had his early education in London. While practicing in South Africa, then another British colony, he fought for the local Indian community facing discrimination. After he returned to India in the year 1916, Mahatma Gandhi continued India’s freedom struggle.
Soon his principle of non-violent protest or Satyagraha became the symbol of India’s great freedom struggle.
October 2 is also the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri, India’s second Prime Minister, who succeeded Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Shastri had given the famous slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’, which till this day stands inspirational.
Prime Minister Modi hailed Shastri as a “source of inspiration for soldiers and farmers alike”, sharing his thoughts on Twitter.