United Nations, Sep 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt about a social system wherein common people will not be solely dependent on government apparatus only.
In his address at a special programme hosted here at the UN headquarters by India on the theme ‘Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World’, the Prime Minister said in an era of 'How to Impress', it will be most relevant to study Gandhi's life on 'How to Inspire'. "It is true, Mahatma Gandhi brought changes, but he also laid emphasis on inner strength of an individual," Mr Modi said.
Prime Minister said encouraged by Gandhiji's teachings, his government has laid more emphasis on 'people's participation'. "Whether it is Swacch Bharat or Digital India, in our country, the common people have taken upon the leadership for these movements," Mr Modi said.
"Even if Gandhiji did not have the responsibility of leading the country's freedom movement, he would have still laid emphasis on the principles of Swaraj and self-dependence," Prime Minister said. Speaking on the occasion, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres described Mahatma Gandhi as the global icon of peace.President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong also spoke paying rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. UNI