Modi pays homage to Mahatma on death anniversary

President's Address to the Nation on the eve of Republic Day

President's Address to the Nation on the eve of Republic Day

Surprisingly, many passersby were unaware of Mahatma Gandhi's 70th death anniversary and the reason for observing martyr's day.

A "sarva dharma prarthana sabha" (all religion prayer meeting) was held to pay tributes to the "Father of the Nation".

Modi has also mentioned Gandhiji in several of his speeches and even dedicated the cleanliness drive "Swacch Bharat Abhiyan" to the Father of the Nation.

Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a right-wing Hindu activist, on January 30, 1948 at the Birla Bhavan, which was later rechristened as Gandhi Smriti.

Earlier in the day, the President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

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Modi, Naidu and other dignitaries paid floral tributes at the Gandhi Smriti.

This day is observed as Martyrs' Day to pay homage to the people who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.

We will always remember their courage as well as dedication towards the nation, " the PM said.

The members present on the occasion remembered Gandhi as the apostle of peace, who stood for non-violence, and made supreme sacrifice in achieving the freedom of the country.

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