PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversaries

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversaries.

Prime Minister Modi offered floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, where prayers were also organised.

"I bow to Mahatma Gandhi on the special occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. His timeless teachings continue to illuminate our path. Mahatma Gandhi's impact is global, motivating the entire humankind to further the spirit of unity and compassion. May we always work towards fulfilling his dreams. May his thoughts enable every youngster to be the agent of change he dreamt of, fostering unity and harmony all over," the Prime Minister said in a post on X.

Besides the Prime Minister, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and several Union ministers were also present at the Rajghat.

Dhankhar, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Lt. Governor of Delhi V.K. Saxena also paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat.

Mahatma Gandhi, who is also known as father of the nation, Bapu, dedicated his life to the struggle for freedom.

His non-violent approach and ability to win over people with love and tolerance profoundly impacted the Indian civil rights movement. He was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948.

Mahatma Gandhi shares his birthday with another Indian politician and statesman, former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

The Prime Minister then paid tribute to Shastri at Vijay Ghat on his birth anniversary.

In a post on X, Modi said, "Remembering Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji on his Jayanti. His simplicity, dedication to the nation, and iconic call for 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' resonate even today, inspiring generations."

"His unwavering commitment to India's progress and his leadership during challenging times remain exemplary. May we always work to realise his vision for a strong India," Modi added.

Shastri was the second Prime Minister of India and was born on October 2, 1904, in Uttar Pradesh's Mughalsarai.

He is fondly remembered as a man of the masses, known for his simplicity, honesty, and dedication to public service. He died onJanuary 11, 1966, a day after signing the Tashkent Declaration.



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  • Ashwil, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Today, functionaries of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre praise Gandhiji’s assassin in Parliament, and enactments of his assassination are not only staged, but those committing this sacrilege are arrested only days later and then and then let off on bail. Ashrams set up by Gandhi and his followers, which form part of the heritage of our freedom movement, where people go to see how Gandhi lived, are either being transformed drastically (the iconic Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad) or bulldozed (Sarva Sewa Sangh in Varanasi). Both cities have a special connect to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Why couldn’t the country's most powerful person have stopped this desecration? Are we being naive in holding such expectations from a politician who started off as an Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak and has never strayed from its ideology? In November, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat proudly declared that India’s Prime Minister ‘is an RSS swayamsevak’ even today’. There could be no ideology more diametrically opposed to Gandhiji’s than that of the RSS, from its opposition to the freedom movement to its belief in militant Hindutva which relegates `others’ to second-class status. It’s significant that Gopal Godse revealed both in his book and in interviews that his brother Nathuram was an RSS member throughout his life.

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Do have any right to talk about Gandhi when your party worship his killer Godse. Do you have any right to talk about Simplicity of Shastri, when one of your coat is costlier than all of Shastri's wealth.

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  • Indian, Dubai

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Sir Several godse lovers are in the parliament.

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  • Roshan, mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Crocodile tears

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    people who have gone to shakha will never respect Gandhiji for sure..this is all done for political purpose..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Our PM has two Birthdays ...

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