India on 2 October 2016 paid homage to Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his 147th birth anniversary. Born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat, Gandhi preached the principles of tolerance and non-violence.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries visited Rajghat, the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi to offer tributes.
On this occasion, an all religion prayer meeting was organised at Rajghat and several other events including Swachh and Samarth Bharat were organised across the country.
About Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
• He taught the value of harmonious co-existence and mutual respect and his ideals of non-violence, freedom, equality and religious tolerance have eternal value.
• He was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.
• Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
• He is also called Bapu in India.
Besides, the nation also remembered the former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary. Born on 2 October 1904, he joined the Indian independence movement in the 1920s and held several important portfolios in the Jawaharlal Nehru's government including Railways and as Home Minister.
Lal Bahadur Shastri led the country during the Indo-Pak War of 1965 and gave the slogan of "Jai Jawan Jai Kisan" which became very popular and is remembered even today.
A special programme was held at the Shastri Memorial at Shastri Street in Tashkent where floral tributes was paid at his statue.
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