Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], October 2 (ANI): Speaking on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday said that it is unfortunate that we go opposite to the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi.
"If we follow the principles taught by Gandhiji, this country will only become better. At times it feels that we remember Gandhiji only when we visit abroad or when foreign leaders visit our country and visit Rajghat. But on the rest of the days, we not only forget but we go opposite to the path shown by Gandhi ji," Abdullah told reporters in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar.
Earlier today, on the occassion of Gandhi Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Delhi's Rajghat.
Mahatma Gandhi's impact is global, said PM Modi in a post on X, today while also urging to work towards fulfilling Gandhi's dreams.
"I bow to Mahatma Gandhi on the special occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. His timeless teachings continue to illuminate our path. Mahatma Gandhi's impact is global, motivating the entire humankind to further the spirit of unity and compassion. May we always work towards fulfilling his dreams. May his thoughts enable every youngster be the agent of change he dreamt of, fostering unity and harmony all over," the Prime Minister said in his post.
Earlier today, Congress national president and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge paid tributes to Gandhi at Rajghat.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Delhi Lieutenant Governor LG Saxena also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
Yesterday, on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, President Droupadi Murmu extended her greetings to citizens and appealed to people to follow his values and teachings in their thoughts, speech, and actions, dedicating themselves to the welfare of the country.
Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar town of Gujarat, Mahatma Gandhi or Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi adopted a non-violent resistance and was at the forefront of the freedom struggle against colonial British rule.This led to India finally achieving its independence in 1947. Fondly known as Bapu, his unwavering belief in 'Swaraj' (self-governance) and 'Ahimsa' (non-violence) won him accolades across the world.
Globally, Gandhi's birth anniversary is celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched a cleanliness drive beginning on October 1 to mark the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and said that Swachh Bharat is a shared responsibility, and every effort counts.
'Ek Tareekh, Ek Ghanta, Ek Saath' Campaign is a mega cleanliness drive to mark the celebration of Gandhi Jayanti. This initiative is a run-up to the'Swachhata Pakhwada- Swachhata Hi Seva' 2023 campaign.
Exhorting the people across the country to get involved in the cleanliness campaign, PM Modi said taking the campaign forward will be a giant step towards fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a clean India. (ANI)