Mahatma Gandhi 140th Birth Anniversary

Mahatma Gandhi 140th Birth AnniversaryVice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday led the nation in honor of Mahatma Gandhi on 140thanniversary of the birth.

Ansari, Singh, UPA president Sonia Gandhi and Leader of the Opposition LK Advani were among the personalities who offered floral tributes at Rajghat, the memorial for the father of the nation this morning.

Foreign Minister SM Krishna, Defense Minister AK Antony, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and ministers of state were Shashi Tharoor, and Krishna Tirath, among others, who came to the monument to pay their respects.

'OraWorldMandala' a world theatre group for reconciliation through art in partnership with Gujarat Vidyapeeth, University Cultural Center Tlatelolco, UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and in collaboration with Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram plan to celebrate Bapu's birth anniversary and memorialise the tragedy of Tlatelolco in Mexico.

South Asia Peace Alliance (SAPA), Women Empowerment Corporation (WEC), and
The Indian embassy in Mexico will also be a part of the event through ahimsa art. The tragedy of Tlatelolco slaughter refers to the student government, the civilian demonstrators and bystanders at Tlatelolco in Mexico City. It took place on 2 October 1968. Incident occurred ten days before the end of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

As part of the celebrations, will groups in Gandhi's ashram in Ahmedabad is connected directly via the Internet with participants at Gandhi Memorial in Chapultepec Park, Mexico. They will discuss issues of ahimsa (non violence). The people of Jamalpur (India) and area of Tepito (Mexico), with which OraWorldMandala working on the peace process to build a model of education through art ahimsa, participate in the artistic offerings.

U.S. Ambassador Timothy Roemer G also offered floral tributes at Rajghat.

Leaders from different religions also offered prayers at the samadhi.

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