Kovind, Modi remember Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday remembered the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary.
“Bow to beloved ‘Bapu’ on Gandhi Jayanti.
His noble ideals motivate millions across the world,” Modi tweeted sharing a video of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Prime Minister also visited Rajghat and laid a wreath.
Kovind, Vice President M.
Venkaiah Naidu, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also paid floral tributes to ‘Bapu’ at Rajghat.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar in Gujarat to Putlibai and Karamchand Gandhi.
His birthday is also observed as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist during a prayer meeting at the Birla House here.
Gandhi is admired across the world for his non-violent philosophy of passive resistance. He was known to his many followers as Mahatma.
President Kovind and Prime Minister Modi also paid tributes to the country’s late second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 113th birth anniversary.
“My respects to Shastri ji, who inspired farmers, jawans and gave the nation able leadership. Remembering Lal Bahadur Shastri ji on his Jayanti,” Modi tweeted along with a video.
Modi, Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also visited Vijay Ghat and paid floral tributes to the former Prime Minister.
Shastri was born to Sharada Prasad and Ramdulari Devi in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on October 2, 1904.
On January 11, 1966, he took his last breath in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the day after signing the Tashkent Declaration, reportedly due to cardiac arrest.
He was the first person to be posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
— IANS