Nation remembers Bapu on 141st birth anniversary
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 02, 2010, 10:23
New Delhi: The nation on Saturday paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 141st birth anniversary.

President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and other leaders offered floral tributes at his memorial "Raj Ghat" here.

A special function will take place at Gandhi Smriti this afternoon, which will include a recital of some of Gandhi's favourite devotional songs. The Union government has planned a series of other programmes for the occasion.

The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, popularly known as the ''Father of the Nation'', is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 with reverence all over the country.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as ''Bapu'', or Gandhiji, was born on the October 2 1869, in Porbander, Gujarat.

Gandhiji was a preacher of truth (Satyagraha) and ''ahimsa'' (non-violence). He started the ''Satyagraha'' movement for the Indian freedom struggle. He believed in living a simple life and in ''Swadeshi''.

He proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of non-violence - a true symbol of peace and truth!

The United Nations had declared in 2007 that October 2 would be observed as "International Day of Non-Violence".


First Published: Saturday, October 02, 2010, 10:23

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