Today is 70th death anniversary of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. Paying tribute to him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti in Delhi. Among the other dignitaries present there were Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and former prime minister Manmohan Singh. Earlier today Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on his 70th death anniversary. “Remembering Bapu on his death anniversary,” he said in a tweet. “We bow to all those martyrs who have sacrificed themselves in service of our nation. We will always remember their courage as well as the dedication towards the nation.” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, General Bipin Rawat, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa also present. Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu also paid tribute to the father of the nation at Rajghat.
Today, India celebrates martyrs day in remembrance of Mahatma Gandhi who was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in the Birla House during his evening prayers on January 30, 1948. This incident moved the entire nation.
According to a PTI report, earlier today Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, visited an exhibition titled ‘Gandhi Smriti and Darshan’, organised by the ruling CPI(M) led LDF government in Kerala. He said that the ideology and philosophy laid down by the father of the nation was under stress and duress. “It is a commendable attempt to keep alive the ideology and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi among our people, particularly at a time when his ideology and philosophy was under so much stress and duress”, said the report quoting Tushar Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi led a non-violent struggle against British for the cause of freedom for Indian people. His approach to politics was ‘Satyagraha’, meaning path of truth. His method was non-violent and was based on the philosophy that means should justify the ends. This means that to achieve a certain goal one must follow the righteous path. Gandhi led the non-violent tax revolt in Kheda, the non-cooperation movement in the early 1920s and the famous Dandi March in 1930 against the exploitive rule of British in India.