The nation pays homage to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 71st death anniversary today.
The day is also observed as Martyrs’ Day. He was assassinated on this day in 1948.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi this morning. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and leaders from different political parties also paid tributes.
In his message, Mr Venkaiah Naidu said, he was an embodiment of eternal values of truth and non-violence and his life is an eloquent expression of true humanism.
He said Gandhiji is an inspiration to all mankind. His deep sense of compassion, inclusiveness and transforming noble thoughts into tangible actions with unshaken perseverance had inspired many generations of world leaders. Vice President said Mahatma Gandhi’s vision and thoughts have eternal relevance to mankind in search of solutions to global challenges.
An inter-religious prayer was organised on the occasion.
The nation also observed a two-minute silence at 11 AM on Martyrs’ Day today.