Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary on Friday, NDTV reported.
Gandhi, also referred to in India as Father of the Nation, was assassinated in 1948 on this day.
Paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. pic.twitter.com/vucMRYMMMr— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 30, 2015
The Indian premier also paid tribute to those who have laid down their lives for the country.
On Martyrs' Day I pay homage to each & every Martyr who laid his or her life for our Nation. Their bravery & courage will always inspire.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 30, 2015
Further, the Times of India reported that US President Barack Obama, during his two-day visit, also paid homage to the founder of India.
He visited Gandhi’s final resting place at Raj Ghat, and also planted a sapling there.
The US president further laid a wreath at the memorial, saying Gandhi a floral tribute.
Below are a few interesting facts about Gandhi, as reported by the International Business Times:
1. Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – five times. However, he was never awarded with the prestigious prize, a regret the Nobel Committee has publicly voiced.
In fact, in 1989, when the Dalai Lama was awarded with the Prize, the committee chairman said the award was a tribute to Gandhi.
2. Gandhi once wrote to German dictator Adolf Hitler, and addressed him as a “Dear Friend”.
“We have no doubt about your bravery or devotion to your fatherland, nor do we believe that you are the monster described by your opponents,” he had written to the dictator.
“But your own writings and pronouncements and those of your friends and admirers leave no room for doubt that many of your acts are monstrous and unbecoming of human dignity, especially in the estimation of men like me who believe in universal friendliness.”
3. Throughout his lifetime, Gandhi would walk and travel almost 18 kilometres every day.
4. Gandhi, who is known worldwide for his philosophies pertaining to non-violence, had served in the army during the Boer War.
He only clearly understood the horror of combat after serving in the war.
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