New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan today. The event was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister congratulated all those who have been conferred the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize. He noted that the prize is being conferred at a time when India marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The Prime Minister expressed happiness that on this occasion, the devotional hymn Vaishnav Jan To, which was so dear to Bapu, had been rendered by artistes in about 150 countries across the world. He said this is an indication that the world accepts the relevance of Gandhi’s ideals, even today.
The Prime Minister spoke of Mahatma Gandhi’s commitment to Swachhta.
The Prime Minister noted that the freedom struggle became a mass movement due to the visionary efforts of Mahatma Gandhi. He added that Mahatma Gandhi had merged the streams of Jan Bhagidari (public participation) and Jan Andolan (mass movement).
The Prime Minister said that Mahatma Gandhi instilled a spirit in every person that they are contributing to India’s freedom.