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Live: Mahatma Gandhi pioneered non-violent movements that changed history, says UN chief

The nation is commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday and hold several programmes throughout the country to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 13:36

NEW DELHI: The nation is commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday during which several programmes will be held throughout the country to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the day by paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his resting place - the Rajghat - in the national capital. He then paid a visit to Vijayghat at 7.50 AM, the resting place of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who also shares his birthday with Gandhi, and paid tributes to him as well. PM Modi will next go to Parliament at 10.30 AM where he will pay floral tributes to both leaders. In Delhi, BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah addressed a small gathering in Shalimar Bagh on the occasion. Shah also flagged off a `Gandhi Sankalp Yatra` from the Ramlila Maidan.

Later in the evening, he will fly off to Ahmedabad where BJP leaders and the state cabinet members will welcome him. A programme will be held at the airport where he will address a public meeting. He will then visit the Sabarmati Ashram where he will garland the Gandhi statue. The Prime Minister, who launched the `Swachh Bharat` campaign in 2014, in remembrance of Gandhi, will take part in an event for cleanliness there. The `Swachh Bharat` campaign was launched with the goal to make India open-defecation free, with Gandhi`s iconic spectacles serving as the campaign`s logo.

There will be a programme on the riverfront at 7 pm where thousands of sarpanches from all over Gujarat will be present. Around 8.30 pm, PM Modi will visit the Gmdc ground in Ahmedabad to participate in the Navratri festival. He will depart for Delhi at around 9.30 pm.

Meanwhile, BJP working president JP Nadda will join Gandhi Sankalp Yatra at Chand Vatika, near Khaira village, whereas Union minister Prakash Javadekar will join in at Chuna Bhatti area of Kirti Nagar. All Delhi MPs and senior BJP leaders will join this yatra at different points across Delhi.

Ever since the Modi government first came to power in 2014, October 2 is celebrated with much fanfare.

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2 October 2019, 13:33 PM

Mahatma Gandhi pioneered non-violent movements that changed history, says UN Secretary-General on Mahtama Gandhi's 150 anniversary.

2 October 2019, 13:31 PM

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveils Mahatma Gandhi's bust in Delhi Cantonment.

2 October 2019, 13:23 PM

Glimpses from the Gandhi Sandesh Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi in Delhi. The padyatra aims to redeem Gandhiji, Gandhism and Gandhi's India in our country today, tweets Congress.

 

2 October 2019, 13:19 PM

Besides Sonia Gandhi, several top Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel and many others are present at the Rajghat. 

2 October 2019, 13:17 PM

Sonia Gandhi says power-hungry people will never understand the ideals and teachings of Bapu, at the Rajghat.

2 October 2019, 13:15 PM

Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi targets PM Modi, calls ruling BJP 'power-hungry'.

2 October 2019, 13:00 PM

Here's a picture of PM Narendra Modi paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at the Parliament earlier today. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Senior BJP leader LK Advani and AIADMK leader M Thambidurai were also present.

 

2 October 2019, 11:48 AM

Rahul Gandhi arrives at Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office for the party's Gandhi Sandesh Yatra on Gandhi Jayanti.

 

2 October 2019, 11:38 AM

A clean-up drive was conducted at Versova beach in Mumbai to mark Gandhi Jayanti.

 

2 October 2019, 11:16 AM

Home Minister Amit Shah takes part in 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra,' in Shalimar Bagh, Delhi
 

 

2 October 2019, 11:14 AM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis takes part in 'Swacchhta Abhiyaan' (cleanliness drive) at Sion-Koliwada in Mumbai on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

 

2 October 2019, 10:34 AM

Gandhi Ji's Satyagraha movement brought the British to their knees. He showed the path of truth and non-violence to the world: Amit Shah.

2 October 2019, 10:33 AM

BJP president Amit Shah flags off 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra' in Delhi.

 

2 October 2019, 10:31 AM

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh administered a cleanliness oath to people at an event organised in Delhi Cantonment on Gandhi Jayanti.

 

2 October 2019, 10:29 AM

Air India pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by painting his portrait on the tail of an Airbus A320 aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

 

2 October 2019, 10:27 AM

'Swacchhata Abhiyaan' (cleanliness drive) conducted at Ramghat in Wazirabad under the 'Namami Gange Project,' today. 

2 October 2019, 09:46 AM

CBSE, as part of the extended celebration of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, has proposed all CBSE schools across the country may observe Khadi Wearing Day, on a voluntary basis once in a week/fortnight/month 

2 October 2019, 09:45 AM

Former cricketers Roger Binny, Javagal Srinath and Syed Kirmani participated in "Wild Life Week," - a wildlife awareness program organised by Forest Department at Cubbon Park in Bengaluru to mark Gandhi Jayanti.

 

2 October 2019, 09:44 AM

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launched a special sales campaign of Khadi and Village Industries Commission and cow dung soaps and bamboo bottles yesterday, on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti.

2 October 2019, 09:42 AM

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia pay tribute to former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat. 

 

2 October 2019, 09:40 AM

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju flags off 'Fit India Plog run,'- a trash-collecting activity while jogging, at Indira Gandhi stadium. Wrestler Bajrang Punia also present.

 

2 October 2019, 08:52 AM

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is likely to participate in the foot march in Lucknow to commemorate the birth anniversary.  

2 October 2019, 08:51 AM

In Uttar Pradesh, the legislature will mark Gandhi Jayanti with non-stop 36-hour sittings by both Houses. However, the Opposition has decided to boycott it, claiming that the state government is just out to set a record.

2 October 2019, 08:22 AM

On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Embassy in Russia will organise an exhibition on Wednesday highlighting the deep friendship between Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy and their mutual influences on each other`s work and philosophy.

2 October 2019, 08:10 AM

Anil Shastri, son of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, pays tribute to his father at Vijay Ghat. 

 

2 October 2019, 08:09 AM

Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former PM Dr Manmohan Singh pay tribute to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat.

 

2 October 2019, 08:08 AM

PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat. 

 

2 October 2019, 07:58 AM

Former PM Manmohan Singh, LK Advani pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

2 October 2019, 07:55 AM

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and BJP working president JP Nadda pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary at Rajghat in New Delhi.

2 October 2019, 07:53 AM

PM Narendra Modi pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

 

2 October 2019, 07:08 AM

Over 10,000 students will assemble their own solar lamps and light them together to commemorate the anniversary at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, as part of the Global Student Solar Assembly and an attempt to enter the Guinness Book world record.

2 October 2019, 07:08 AM

The Consulate General in New York would hold a celebration at Union Square to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi.

2 October 2019, 07:07 AM

The Congress will celebrate the occasion by organising 'padayatras' across the country, with party leader Rahul Gandhi joining the foot march in Delhi that will be led by interim President Sonia Gandhi.

2 October 2019, 07:07 AM

BJP working president JP Nadda will join the 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra' at Chand Vatika near Khaira village while Union minister Prakash Javadekar will join in at Chuna Bhatti area of Kirti Nagar. All Delhi MPs and senior BJP leaders will join this 'yatra' at different points across Delhi.

2 October 2019, 07:04 AM

BJP president Amit Shah will flag off the party's nationwide "Gandhi Sankalp Yatra" on Wednesday, with its leaders, including Union ministers, scheduled to start the four-month drive from different parts of the country.

2 October 2019, 07:02 AM

From there, PM will go to the Sabarmati riverfront where he will declare the country open defecation-free (ODF) in the presence of over 20,000 village heads. People associated with Gandhian institutions, high court judges, Padma awardees, students, educationists and village-level sanitation workers have been invited for the function.

2 October 2019, 07:01 AM

PM Modi will arrive at the Ahmedabad airport around 6 pm and will be greeted by BJP workers at a function organised there by the party's city unit. He will then visit the Sabarmati Ashram to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation.

2 October 2019, 07:00 AM

The BJP has extended its Gandhi Sankalp Yatra by a period of three months, according to a circular issued to the party leaders

2 October 2019, 06:58 AM

PM Modi will next go to Parliament where he will pay floral tributes to both leaders. Later in the evening, he will fly to Ahmedabad and visit Sabarmati Ashram.

2 October 2019, 06:36 AM

Several events have been planned across the country to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th aniversary on Wednesday. PM Modi will start the day with a visit to Rajghat, the resting place of the father of the nation. It will be followed by a visit to Vijayghat, the resting place of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri who also shares his birthday with Gandhi.