Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary Updates: Showering praise on Swachhta warriors for their continuous hardwork, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday declared India Open Defecation Free country on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Addressing a large gathering at the Sabarmati Riverfront, PM Modi said it is a great satisfaction that Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a ‘Swachh Bharat’ (Clean India) is being fulfilled today.
“Today rural India and its villages have declared themselves ‘open defecation free’. The whole world is appreciating and awarding us. Providing toilets to more than 60 crore people in 60 months, building more than 11 crore toilets, whole world is amazed by this,” PM Modi said speaking at the Swachh Bharat Diwas event.
PM Modi also underlined that the government would achieve its target of single-use plastic-free India by 2022.
Earlier, PM Modi visited the iconic Sabarmati Ashram and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Addressing people shortly after landing at the Ahmedabad airport, PM Modi hailed India’s rising stature across the world and said that international community has started taking note of India’s power in bringing positive changes in various fields. He said the power of Indian passport has risen manifold.
Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the nation in paying rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. President Kovind visited the Rajghat, the resting place of the Father of Nation, where he paid floral tributes to the great leader. PM Modi also visited the Rajghat in the morning to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi also paid floral tributes to the Father of Nation at the Rajghat. President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address a small gathering in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh where he will flag off a Gandhi Sankalp Yatra from the Ramleela Maidan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today exhorted the countrymen to take at least one resolution for the country and outline their duties and obligations to the nation. “Think about your duties, think about your obligations to the nation. We can achieve much walking on the duty path with efforts of 130 crore countrymen,” he said.
PM Narendra Modi says, “Mahatma Gandhi talked about using technology to make people’s lives easier. We are trying to make the lives of countrymen easier through Aadhaar, Direct Benefit Transfer Digital India, Bhim App, Digi Locker.”
PM Narendra Modi said that about 20 thousand tonnes of plastic waste have been collected in the last three weeks through cleanliness service under the Swachh Bharat campaign. He also said that the use of plastic carry bags has been decreasing at a very fast rate. “During this time it is also seen that the use of plastic carry bag is decreasing very fast. I also know that today, crores of people across the country have pledged not to use single-use plastic,” he said.
PM Narendra Modi declared India open defecation-free country on Wednesday on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He said that the world is amazed by this success. “Today, the whole world is rewarding us for this, giving us respect. To provide toilet facilities to more than 60 crore population in 60 months and constructing more than 11 crore toilets, the world is surprised to hear this,” PM Modi said.
Just like lakhs of Indians came out to join the path of Satyagraha on a call by Bapu for the independence of the country, similarly crores of our countrymen gave their wholehearted support for cleanliness, says PM Modi at ‘Swachh Bharat Diwas’ programme in Ahmedabad
PM Narendra Modi pens down his thoughts in the visitor’s book at Sabarmati Ashram. ‘I’m satisfied that on the occasion of #GandhiAt150, we’re witnessing the fulfilment of his dream of ‘Swachh Bharat’. I feel lucky that on this occasion when India has successfully stopped open defecation I’m here at the ashram,’ he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday released commemorative Rs 150 coins, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. PM Modi also released six postal stamps on Mahatma Gandhi.
After visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, Prime Minister Modi visited the Sabarmati Riverfront. In 1917, Mahatma Gandhi had established the Ashram after his return from South Africa and stayed there till 1930. He also embarked on the ‘Dandi yatra’ from the venue in 1930.
Had Mahatma Gandhi been alive today, he would have announced a march from Delhi to Srinagar over the Centre’s move on Article 370, Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh claimed on Wednesday as he attacked the government for scrapping Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Swachh Bharat Diwas 2019 on Wednesday on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. Earlier, PM Modi said that during his US visit, Mahatma Gandhi was given “real tribute” by world leaders at the United Nations.
In Beijing, the celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary was shifted to the Indian Embassy premises in the last minute on Wednesday after the Chinese government denied permission to hold the event, according to the Indian Embassy officials. The event has been organised every year since 2005 at a public park in Beijing. The Chinese authorities did not explain as to why the permission was not given.
BJP workers in Ahmedabad felicitated Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier today. A large poster of PM Modi and US President Donald Trump was put up on stage from where PM addressed the gathering. The prime minister said ‘HowdyModi’ has become a talking point among all world leaders he met after the event, held in the US recently.
In order to raise the issue of single-use plastic, Mother Day commissioned a 25-feet effigy of Ravana using waste plastic collected from households in Delhi and neighbouring cities, which was later dismantled and sent for recycling. The milk chain undertook the awareness drive on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and urged its consumers to reduce use of plastic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with children and volunteers at the Sabarmati Ashram. Earlier, he addressed BJP workers at Ahmedabad airport during an event organised by the party’s state unit to felicitate him for his speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on the occasion of Gandhi’s 150th anniversary.
The East Central Railway paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary by converting an express train to a veritable exhibition on the transformation of “Mohan to Mahatma”.
The Muzaffarpur-Anand Vihar Sapt Kranti Express chugged off from Muzaffarpur with upgraded coaches which were painted and affixed with photographs and information on various events of Gandhiji’s life.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the world saw a glimpse of the respect India has at the world stage in the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston. The Republicans and the Democrats spoke in that event, he said, adding, their coming was very special.
PM Modi’s US visit began with a grand event ‘Howdy, Modi!’ at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas where he and US President Donald Trump jointly addressed a 50,000-strong crowd of Indian nationals in America.
Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary has been marked at the United Nations with immense enthusiasm, says PM Narendra Modi at Ahmedabad airport. PM Modi also said that the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi offer solutions to every challenge the world faces today.
PM Narendra Modi said that the world can see that India is at the forefront of several positive changes taking place at the world stage. The fact that India always believes in taking everyone along has also been noted, he added. PM Modi was on the week-long visit to the United States in September.
PM Narendra Modi has said that India’s stature has been rising at the world stage and the respect for the country is increasing all over. “One can experience the change,” PM said at Ahmedabad airport.
PM Narendra Modi has begun his speech on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He is speaking from the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Ahmedabad. PM Modi will go to Sabarmati Ashram from here where he will pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th anniversary.
Mahatma Gandhi had visited RSS shakha during the time of Partition, interacted with swayamsevaks and expressed joy over their discipline and the absence of divisive feelings over caste and creed among them, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat claimed on Wednesday.
In undertaking Gandhian-style ‘padyatra’ (foot march), which is Gandhi’s most-favoured way to reach out to the masses, both BJP and Congress followed his footsteps to get the better of each other in claiming Gandhi’s legacy. READ MORE
National capital’s Jamia Millia Islamia on Wednesday was declared plastic free on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,the varsity said. University Vice-Chancellor Professor Najma Akhtar administered the pledge to the staff and students of not using plastic and keeping the campus clean ,while announcing the ban on single-use plastic inside the varsity.
Campaigns against single-use plastic and peace marches marked the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi several parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday slammed BJP saying those who never walked on Mahatma Gandhi’s path of non-violence, truth and social harmony are celebrating his 150th birth anniversary. Addressing at a programme on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, he said that this is only a part of BJP’S politics to hiding their wrong deeds.
Taking a swipe at the BJP, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday said it should first pursue the path of truth shown by Mahatma Gandhi and then talk about him. She made the remarks before participating in a silent march organised here by the Congress on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. READ MORE HERE
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his article in the New York Times, mentioned how Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela followed Mahatma Gandhi’s observations to carry forward mass movements in their respective countries. READ MORE HERE
Sonia Gandhi used the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary to launch a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). READ MORE HERE
In an apparent jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said that some political parties and disparate ideological proponents seem to have realised the importance of Gandhiji, his philosophies and teachings now. He said the BJP and it’s government had done everything “contrary” to the Gandhian teachings and whatever the Mahatma stood for.
It was 72 years ago that Mahatma Gandhi set the routine of singing ‘bhajans’ like “Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram” and others from 9 to 10 a.m. everyday at this Valmiki temple in central Delhi’s Mandir Marg, and the routine continues to be followed with devotion. The Father of the Nation lived and taught here for over 200 days. Mahatma Gandhi had stayed here for 214 days between April 1946 and June 1947, and he also taught Hindi and English to Harijan children of the locality. Each morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the caretaker of the temple, devotees and Gandhians still follow the routine that Gandhi started when the gathering would sing bhajans that he loved to be followed by other chores.
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi would administer oath to party leaders and workers at Rajghat to redeem Gandhi, Gandhism and Gandhi’s India. Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said that in today’s strife-torn world, Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy were more relevant.
KD Madan, 96, probably the last living witness of Mahatma Gandhi’s last moments, paid an emotional tribute to the great leader. “On Wednesday, the world will celebrate Gandhiji’s (150th) birth anniversary. So on this occasion, I will not speak about that man (Godse), whom I saw committing the most awful sin on earth. But yes, when I am nearing 100 (years), I would assert that a man like Gandhiji comes into existence once in many centuries,” Madan said.
On Wednesday, the government is expected to announce a ban on single-use plastic to pave the way for India to become totally free of single use plastic by 2022.
BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday launched the four-month nationwide party’s Gandhi Sankalp Yatra with its leaders. Shah flagged off the yatra from Shalimar Bagh in the national capital. The motive id to propagate ideals of the Father of the Nation, including cleanliness, simplicity, use of Khadi and non-violence.
In Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government is to hold a special assembly session on Gandhi Jayanti. However, opposition parties have decided to boycott this session.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday led a ‘padyatra’ here with a large number of party workers following him to Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat. The ‘Gandhi Sandesh Yatra’ on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary began from the Delhi Congress office Rajiv Bhavan at Deendayal Upadhyay Marg and headed to Rajghat, about three kilometres away, with enthusiastic party workers waving flags and chanting the slogan ‘Mahatma Gandhi Amar Rahein’. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were among political leaders who paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in the Central Hall of Parliament on Wednesday on his 150th birth anniversary. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, BJP veteran L K Advani, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad were among others who offered rose petals at the portrait of Gandhi in the historic Central Hall. Sonia Gandhi was greeted by Modi and Birla.However, there was no exchange of greetings between Modi and Rahul. The leaders later paid tributes to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 115th birth anniversary by offering rose petals at his portrait in the Central Hall.