NEW DELHI, JANURY 30: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 71st death anniversary on Wednesday.
“On Martyrs’ Day, we gratefully remember Mahatma Gandhi and the countless freedom fighters who sacrificed their all for our Independence,” the President tweeted.
Modi said: “We reiterate our commitment to follow the path shown by him and abide by the values he stood for.
“We salute all the martyrs who laid down their lives for India. The country remains eternally grateful to them for their service and sacrifice.”
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted, “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.
“Gandhiji was an embodiment of eternal values of truth and non-violence and his life is an eloquent expression of true humanism.”
Offering floral tributes to Shri Mahatma Gandhi Ji on his Punya tithi at Raj Ghat. Gandhiji was an embodiment of eternal values of truth and non-violence and his life is an eloquent expression of true humanism.
Gandhi’s assassination is observed in India as Martyrs Day.
On January 30, 1948, Gandhi was fatally shot in the chest thrice by RSS member Nathuram Godse who believed that the Mahatma was partial towards Muslims at the time of Partition. Godse was hanged to death in November 1949. (Courtesy: TS)