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Government of India
President's Secretariat
19-December-2019 19:56 IST
President of India Presides over The Second Meeting of National Committee for Commemoration
of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presided over the second meeting of the National
Committee for Commemoration of the 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Rashtrapati
Bhavan today (December 19, 2019). 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that it is a matter of happiness for all of us that during the
last year and a half, the messages of the Mahatma have reached ordinary people all across the country
and the world under the guidance of the National Committee. 

The President said that Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has converted Gandhiji’s agenda of
cleanliness into a people’s movement. Due to this wide spread popular participation, Gandhiji’s dream of
a clean India is getting realized in a short span of less than five years. The success in the direction of
making the country ‘Open Defecation Free’ is a great collective achievement. Over the past few months,
there has been massive increase in awareness about the impact of single-use plastic on our
environment. The enthusiasm of the youth about the various programmes related to Gandhi Jayanti
reassures us that the Gandhian legacy is secure with our future generations. 

The President said that if the humankind is going to succeed in meeting the critical contemporary
challenges, it cannot be without this Gandhian attitude – towards other people, towards flora and fauna,
and towards the earth. Today, there is global reverence for Gandhiji because the world is realizing that
his vision of peace and equality, and his method of non-violence are more relevant today than in his
times. Parts of the world are facing great strife, and the whole world is facing climate catastrophe. The
scientific community has made grave predictions about the fate of the planet. Here again, Gandhiji can
show us the way forward. 

The President received first copies of an e-book on commemorative activities complied by the Ministry of
Culture; and an anthology on Gandhiji compiled by the Ministry of External Affairs from the Prime
Minister who formally released them. 

 The National Committee was constituted for commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma
Gandhi at the national and international level. This Committee includes Vice-President, Prime Minister,
Chief Ministers of all states, representatives from across the political spectrum, Gandhians, thinkers, and
eminent persons from all walks of life. The Committee also has nine international members, including
two former Secretaries-General of the United Nations - Mr Kofi Annan and Mr Ban Ki-Moon.

 Click here to see the President's speech in Hindi