Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and other political leaders on Friday paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversaries. Modi offered floral tribute to Bapu at Raj Ghat on his 151st birth anniversary. “We bow to beloved Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti. There is much to learn from his life and noble thoughts. May Bapu’s ideals keep guiding us in creating a prosperous and compassionate India,” the prime minister wrote in a tweet.
He offered floral tributes to former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat and said he epitomised simplicity and lived for the welfare of our nation. “Lal Bahadur Shastri ji was humble and firm. He epitomised simplicity and lived for the welfare of our nation. We remember him on his jayanti with a deep sense of gratitude for everything he has done for India,” Modi said.
Paying homage to Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti, President Kovind wrote: “The Mahatma’s life was his message. Gandhiji sacrificed his life for the upliftment of the downtrodden, and the empowerment of Indians. Gandhiji himself never claimed to be a great soul — indeed, he went out of his way to tell the world about his vulnerabilities. Yet, he is the best example of realising the maximum human potential.”
Kovind said this constant effort to be a better human being and to be more sensitive towards those around him made him a Mahatma. “This path was, of course, extremely difficult. There were many failures along the way. But he continued doggedly, one step at a time,” he added. The president also remembered how Gandhi flung himself into healthcare and sanitation duties that exemplified his selfless service.