Mumbai: On the eve of the birth anniversary of national icons Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shahstri Wednesday, President Ram Nath Kovind appealed to take after the Gandhian standards of truth and non-violence. He too has asked citizens to make efforts for a clean and prosperous India. Kovind said that Gandhi’s message of truth, non-violence and love clears the way for the welfare of the world by bringing harmony and equality in the society.

 The Gujarat Government on the auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti has organised a program in which around 5 lakh women will wash their hands to spread the message of cleanliness and the significance of regularly washing hands in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic. The program, to be sorted out beneath the aegis of the Women & Child Development division was declared by the senior minister of Department, Ganpat Vasava, Wednesday. Vasava said that the program will be held at around 3,800 areas and a state-level work will be held in Gandhinagar.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 151st birth anniversary, at Rajghat in New Delhi, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (Credit: PTI)

Moreover, The National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune, in affiliation with the Regional Outreach Bureau (Maharashtra and Goa) of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is organising a 48-day-long series of webinars starting on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) and finishing on Naturopathy Day (November 18). The webinars will be on the topic ‘Mahatma Gandhi– The Healer’ and are expecting to proliferate the pertinence of Gandhi‘s considerations on health and nutrition in the 21st century.

Sonia Gandhi calling Mahatma Gandhi the “biggest sympathiser” of farmers, labourers and the working class, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday expressed confidence that the agitation against three recently enacted “black laws” in the agriculture sector will become successful and the peasants will emerge victoriously. Paying rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversary, she said while the Mahatma was the biggest sympathiser of farmers, labourers, and the working class, Shastri gave the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’.

In his address to the nation, President Kovind added:  “I am happy that Gandhiji’s thoughts and teachings are at the core of our government’s efforts being practised for the development of our country such as the Swachh Bharat Mission, empowerment of women, empowering the poor and down-trodden, helping farmers and providing essential facilities in villages,” he said.