New Delhi: On the 149th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today, the entire nation has come together to pay homage to the father of the nation. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered floral tributes to Father of the Nation at Rajghat in New Delhi this morning. A Sarva Dharma Prarthana Sabha was organized at Rajghat on this occasion.
The day also marks the launch of 150th-anniversary celebrations of the Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention is also being organized at Rashtrapati Bhavan to mark the occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will address the concluding session of the 4-day convention today.
United Nations will celebrate Gandhiji's birth anniversary as International Day of Non-Violence. The UN General Assembly had on 17 June 2007 voted to establish 2nd October as the International Day of Non-Violence.
In a message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, at a time of protracted conflicts and complex challenges, Gandhiji’s philosophy of non-violence remains an inspiration.
He said Gandhiji’s commitment to human dignity can light our path when the world is striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, ensure gender equality and leave no one behind.