Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Pranab Mukherjee greets nation as India celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s 147th B’day

Narada Desk | October 2, 2016 1:16 pm Print
Pranab Mukherjee spoke of the importance of a clean India and urged the country to make concerted efforts to realise the dream of a 'Swachh' and 'Samarth' Bharat envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi

President Pranab Mukherjee greeted the nation on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, as India celebrated the 147th Birthday of the Father of the Nation. Pranab in his speech expressed that views on truth, morality and ethics remain integral to India’s national consciousness.

He spoke of the importance of a clean India and urged the country to make concerted efforts to realise the dream of a ‘Swachh’ and ‘Samarth’ Bharat (clean and capable India).

In his message, Mukherjee said, Gandhiji’s ideals of non-violence, freedom, equality and religious tolerance have eternal value.

“Gandhiji taught us the value of harmonious co-existence and mutual respect. He displayed a rare constellation of abilities and showed how individuals can advance social and political change. He had an exemplary passion for justice and an indefatigable spirit of service to mankind,” he said.

Mukherjee said the hallmark of his personality was austerity and transparency.

“Gandhiji believed that cleanliness was next to godliness,” he said.

On this occasion, he said, let us imbibe wisdom from Gandhiji’s thoughts and actions to address the challenges that confront our nation.

“Let us ensure that Gandhiji’s views on truth, morality and ethics remain integral to India’s national consciousness.

Let us pay tribute to the father of our nation by keeping alive in our hearts and minds at all times the principles of tolerance and non-violence,” he said.

Few quotes and inspirational sayings by Gandhiji

1. “My life is my message.”

2. “Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”

3. “The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.”

4. “A man of truth must also be a man of care.”

5. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”

6. “’Hate the sin and not the sinner’ is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world.”

7. “Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

8. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

9. “Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.”

10. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Indian leaders also paid their tribute to Gandhiji:

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