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Make Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary a global event: President Ram Nath Kovind

Prime News, National, International, New Delhi, May 3:- Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary commemorations should be elevated to a “global celebration” using the United Nations and other multilateral platforms, President Ram Nath Kovind said Wednesday, as he chaired a meeting of a national panel for the event.

The 114-member committee, comprising Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Ministers and Chief Justice of India, will discuss the policies, plans and preparatory activities for commemoration of the birth anniversary.

The birth anniversary of the ‘Father of the Nation’ will be commemorated from 2nd October, 2019 to 2nd October, 2020.

Suggestions at the first meeting of the National Committee for Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations ranged from “specific measures to help farmers, to travelling exhibitions and creating infrastructure and linkages in specific locations and states associated with Mahatma Gandhi,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan release said.

Pitching for internal celebrations of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, which takes place in 2019, Kovind said Gandhi does not belong to India alone but “remains one of India’s greatest gifts to humankind and his name finds resonance across the continents”. “Mahatma Gandhi was the most influential Indian of the 20th century. He was the inspiration for our largely non-violent, inclusive and democratic freedom struggle. He remains the ethical benchmark against which we test public men and women, political ideas and government policies,” Kovind said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested that programmes should revolve around the theme of “Gandhi in action” and include use of technology “so that the whole world can take note and participate”.

“He called for the celebrations to move beyond government events and take the shape of a mass movement – or Jan Bhagidaari,” said the release.

The meeting also decided that the focus should be on “tangible, actionable legacies that will make a difference to the lives of ordinary people” and a smaller executive committee would be set up to take things forward. –(Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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