Sonia, Manmohan pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi

President's Address to the Nation on the eve of Republic Day

Over a decade after he shocked the country claiming Mahatma Gandhi did not utter the words "Hey Ram" when he was assassinated 70 years ago, Bapu's nonagenarian personal attendant said on Tuesday that he was misquoted earlier. An all-religion prayer is also held in Rajghat to commemorate the sacrifice of the martyrs.

President Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi and tweeted: "On Martyrs' Day, we gratefully remember Mahatma Gandhi and the countless freedom fighters who sacrificed their all for our Independence". Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, students from several Delhi-based schools, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan were also present on the occasion to remember the father of the nation.

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They paid tributes at Gandhi Ghat, a memorial of the Father of the Nation constructed along the banks of the Ganga, before observing two minutes silence. "We will always remember their courage as well as dedication towards the nation", Prime Minister Modi posted.

Mr. Narasimhan said Mahatma Gandhi was an inspiration for millions to follow the path of non-violence and peace.

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