Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Rural India has declared itself open defecation free, 5 years of hard work paid off, says PM Modi

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that sanitation, conservation of environment and animals were dear to Mahatma Gandhi.

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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.

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20:57 (IST)02 Oct 2019
PM Modi pushes for ‘one sankalp’

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.

20:47 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Trying to make people’s lives easier using technology: PM Modi

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.”

20:41 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Use of plastic carry bags decreasing at very fast rate: PM Modi

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.

20:34 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Live: PM Modi declares India open defecation-free country, says 5 years of hardwork paid off

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.

20:30 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Crores of countrymen gave wholehearted support for cleanliness: PM Modi

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

20:23 (IST)02 Oct 2019
PM Modi’s message in visitor’s book at Sabarmati Ashram

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.

20:12 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Live: Commemorative Rs 150 coins released

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.

20:10 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gujarat: PM visits Sabarmati Riverfront

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.

19:49 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh attacks BJP

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.

19:35 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Live: PM Modi inaugurates Swachh Bharat Diwas

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.

19:26 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Celebration shifted to Indian embassy premises after denial of permission

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.

19:18 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Poster of PM Modi and US President Donald Trump put up on stage

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.

19:12 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Mother Dairy commissions plastic ‘Ravana’; dismantles and sends for recycling

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.

19:09 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Live: PM Modi interacts with children and volunteers at Sabarmati Ashram

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).

19:01 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Live: PM Modi visits Sabarmati Ashram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

18:57 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Watch: PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on the occasion of Gandhi’s 150th anniversary.

18:49 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Train converted to running exhibition hall

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.

18:37 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Respect for India seen on Howdy, Modi event; Republicans, Democrats came together: PM

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. 

18:28 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Live: Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi offer solution to challenges world faces today, says PM Modi

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.

18:21 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Live: India at forefront of several positive changes in the world: PM Modi

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.

18:16 (IST)02 Oct 2019
India’s stature is rising at the world stage: PM Modi

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.

18:12 (IST)02 Oct 2019
PM Modi begins his speech

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.

18:04 (IST)02 Oct 2019
PM Modi reaches 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.

17:59 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Mahatma Gandhi visited Shakha in 1947, applauded RSS workers’ discipline and absence of divisive feelings: RSS chief

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.

17:51 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Whose Gandhi is he anyway?

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 

17:33 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islami declared plastic free

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.

17:31 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Peace marches, drives against plastic use mark Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniverary

Campaigns against single-use plastic and peace marches marked the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi several parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

16:43 (IST)02 Oct 2019
BJP miles away from Gandhi’s principles, says Akhilesh Yadav

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.

16:12 (IST)02 Oct 2019
BJP should first pursue path of truth and then talk about Mahatma Gandhi, says Priyanka Gandhi

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 

15:49 (IST)02 Oct 2019
‘The world bows to you, beloved Bapu!’ PM Modi writes in NYT

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

15:37 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Sonia Gandhi attack BJP, RSS

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 

15:09 (IST)02 Oct 2019
BJP against Gandhian teachings: Congress

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.

14:45 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Mahatma Gandhi’s way of life still followed at this Delhi temple

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.

14:25 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti Live: Sonia Gandhi to administer oath to party leaders

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.

13:34 (IST)02 Oct 2019
‘Mahatma Gandhi comes into existence once in many centuries’

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.

13:01 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti: Modi govt to announce ban on single-use plastic

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.

12:29 (IST)02 Oct 2019
What is Gandhi Sankalp Yatra

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.

12:19 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Yogi govt to hold special Assembly session

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.

12:13 (IST)02 Oct 2019
Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary: Rahul Gandhi leads Congress ‘padyatra’

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

11:56 (IST)02 Oct 2019
PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament

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.

Students dressed as Mahatma Gandhi take part in an event to mark Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, at a school in Ajmer.
Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar town of Gujarat. He studied law at the University of Bombay and then at the University College London, from where he graduated in 1891. He was then admitted to the bar of England. His reading of ‘Civil Disobedience’ by David Thoreau inspired his devotion to the principle of non-violence. He had played a vital role in the country’s independence. Mahatma Gandhi was opposed to an idea of dividing the Indian subcontinent along religious lines. While Gandhi had called for the British to Quit India, the Muslim League demanded ‘Divide and Quit India’. Gandhi’s birthday, October 2, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

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First published on: 02-10-2019 at 07:27 IST