Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of India, at an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gandhi. PM Modi in his speech spoke about the importance and influence of Mahatma Gandhi in India. He said that the problems faced by India in current times can be dealt with if we simply follow the vision and path led by Mahatma Gandhi. The event was titled 'Leadership Matters - Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World' and was held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Speaking about the contribution of the father of India, PM Modi said, "Today the definition of democracy has a limited meaning that the people should choose the government of their choice and the government should work according to the expectations of the people. But Mahatma Gandhi emphasized the real power of democracy. He showed the direction in which people should not depend on governance and become self-reliant." "Mahatma Gandhi pioneered a social system that did not depend on the government. Mahatma Gandhi brought change, it is well known, but it is also fair to say that he awakened the inner power of the people and awakened them to bring change," he added.
PM Modi also mentioned that the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi's vision is still applicable in today's world. He said, "Had Gandhi not been responsible for the freedom struggle, he would have gone ahead with the basic elements of Swaraj and self-reliance. This vision of Gandhiji is becoming a great medium to solve the big challenges faced by India today. In the last 5 years, we have given priority to public participation. Be it Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Digital India, people are now leading these campaigns themselves. Gandhi always said that his life is only his message. Gandhiji never tried to make an impact from his life, but his life became the cause of inspiration. Today we are living in the era of 'How to Impress' but Gandhiji's vision was- 'How to Inspire'."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Gandhi Solar Park and the Gandhi Peace Garden in New York on Tuesday. Both the gardens are dedicated to commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy. India has gifted 50 KW solar panels to the United Nations, that have been installed at the terrace of the United Nations Headquarters.
United Nations Postal Administration launched a special stamp to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi at the special ceremony. UN General Secretary António Guterres and various other leaders of the world were present at the event. Guterres also mentioned that the United Nations had launched a special stamp on Gandhi, but at the same time, more than 100 countries from across the world have issued or are planning to issue stamps to honor Gandhi.