Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ with other global leaders at the event 'Leadership Matters: Relevance of Gandhi in the Contemporary World' at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. After the inauguration, PM Modi thanked the United Nations for the programme.
PM Modi was joined by five world leaders — South Korea President Moon Jae-in, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern along with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The leaders paid their tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and underscored the significance of his values.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “It is a great pleasure and a great honour to be here to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the giants of the 20th century, a global icon of peace and an advocate for the most vulnerable. I thank Prime Minister Modi and the Indian mission for convening this meeting. Gandhi Ji's vision and philosophy are pillars of the work of the United Nations.”
President of South Korea Moon Jae-in said that the world is becoming better with the spirit of Gandhi. He said, "A century ago, Koreans shared camaraderies like bonds and hooks with Gandhi and other contemporary Indians. They blessed and respected the man who was leading his country through satyagraha."
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the gathering after the President of South Korea. Lee Hsien Loong said, "Gandhi's ideas had influence far beyond India's shores. His philosophy of non-violent resistance distinguished India from other independence movements of that era." He said, "Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, the second of October falls next week. The UN General Assembly has declared it the 'International Day of Non-Violence', therefore it's fitting that we gather today to celebrate the legacy of a remarkable man and may Gandhi's memory continue to inspire and bring our the best in all of us."
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paying her tributes to Mahatma Gandhi said, "Gandhi Ji, a true patriot, a true statesman and a saint, dedicated his life for humankind. His brilliant and mesmerising leadership showed the world that an individual could bring earth-shaking social and political change in a non-violent way."
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Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his tribute, called Mahatma Gandhi a 'great soul' and a constant source of motivation. "For Gandhi, democracy was a vehicle through which of a more equitable, inclusive and peaceful world could be achieved. He has left us a profound legacy and example for this and the succeeding generations to follow."
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern in her moving tribute said, "The act of peace is a powerful and empowering message." She also said that as political leaders, there is much to learn from Mahatma Gandhi.