Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a speech at the event 'Leadership Matters - Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World' stated a short anecdote that involved Queen Elizabeth and Mahatma Gandhi. PM Modi, through this anecdote, tried to convey that Mahatma Gandhi was a man of principles. Gandhi respected all, whether it was his enemy or friend, explained PM Modi. Additionally, he also said that Mahatma Gandhi knew the art of sensitivity and he was committed towards the service of humankind.
PM Modi recollected his meeting with Queen Elizabeth and narrated a small story at an event in New York. He said, “I’d like to present an anecdote in front of you that shows Gandhi Jee’s strong dedication towards democracy. A few years back, when I met Queen Elizabeth of Britain, she showed me a small handkerchief with a lot of emotions. This handkerchief was made from khadi material. This was gifted to the Queen by Gandhi Jee during her marriage. Incidentally, this gesture is very thought-provoking because, even though he was struggling on the grounds of principles with a person, he was still sensitive enough to respect the relationship. He always respected and wished well for the people who opposed him. His commitment towards these principles made him denounce these seven perversions. He urged other people to avoid these seven distortions as well. These sevens things include wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, business without ethics, science without humanity, religion without sacrifice and politics without principles. Whether its climate change or terrorism, corruption or social life compelled by interest, Gandhi Ji’s principles help us in saving humanity.”
The event 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. India hosted the event at the UN to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma, which underlined the continuing relevance of Gandhian thoughts and values in today's world. World leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in were also present at the occasion in New York. They inaugurated a 50 kilowatt 'Gandhi Solar Park' and unveiled a special commemorative stamp to mark the occasion.