Nation pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress party President Sonia Gandhi and a host of other leaders and dignitaries led the nation on Tuesday in paying homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his 59th death anniversary. Floral tributes were paid at Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial in Delhi on Tuesday morning. Functions are being held nation-wide to observe the day. An exhibition on the life of the Mahatma as part of hundred years of Satyagraha is being inaugurated in Delhi by Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi. The day is also being observed as Anti-Leprosy Day. In his message to the nation on the occasion, President APJ Abdul Kalam called for a unified approach to curing and rehabilitating people suffering from leprosy. Manmohan Singh said that all citizens should rededicate themselves to serving patients suffering from leprosy.

Mahatma Gandhi

In Gujarat, a series of functions, including lectures on Gandhian values and blood donation camps, are being organised. Functions are being held at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and Kirti Mandir, the birthplace of Gandhi in Porbandar. Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1869, Mahatma Gandhi spent his early years in Porbandar, Gujarat. At the age of 13, he was married to Kasturba Gandhi. In 1888, Gandhi sailed to England to study law. Three years later, he returned to India, but left for South Africa in 1893, where he spent the next 20 years of his life. He returned to India in 1915 to spearhead the movement for independence from British colonial rule. Independence was finally achieved on August 15, 1947. Gandhi was shot dead by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948 in New Delhi.

courtesy: Headlines India

2 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Correct link to the letter.
    Very nice post. Have you come across this letter from Gandhi to Roosevelt? It makes a fascinating read.

    1. mumbaiKar on February 4th, 2007 at 11:11 pm
  2. Very nice post. Have you come across this letter from Gandhi to Roosevelt? It makes a fascinating read.

    2. mumbaiKar on February 4th, 2007 at 11:09 pm

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