Mahatma Gandhi`s message still relevant: Obama

US President Barack Obama believes that Mahatma Gandhi`s message is still relevant for the world.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 22:56 PM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama
believes that Mahatma Gandhi`s message is still relevant for
the world.

"Gandhi lived and worked for much of his life in India
but his message had, and still has, relevance for the entire
world," he told PTI.

Obama, a great admirer of the Mahatma, was responding to
a question whether he believed Gandhiji`s teachings still had
relevance in today`s world.

"In my own country, Gandhi`s work had a profound
influence on Dr Martin Luthar King and the extraordinary
movement for civil rights that he helped to lead," he said.

In that respect, the President said Gandhi`s work was
"an inspiration for positive change in my own country and his
example is something that I continue to admire."

He recalled his speech while accepting the Nobel Peace
Prize last year in which he had said "the non-violence
practised by men like Gandhi and King may not have been
practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that
they preached -- their faith in human progress -- must always
be the North Star that guides us on our journey."

Obama said his trip to India is not only "a chance to
honour Gandhi`s memory, but also to honour and learn more
about the modern India that he helped create."

-PTI