• Mahatma Gandhi with Rabindranath TagoreWikimedia Commons

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Gandhiji or Bapu, was assassinated on 30 January, 1948. Nathuram Godse killed the Father of the Nation with three close range gunshots to his chest.

This year will mark the 67th death anniversary of the freedom fighter, who led India to independence in 1947.

Born in Gujarat on 2 October, 1869 to Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai, Bapu has been hailed as the symbol of peace, non-violence and freedom.

On the memorial day, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

पूज्य बापू को उनकी पुण्यतिथि पर शत् शत् नमन। My tributes to Pujya Bapu.

Modi also paid tributes to all martyrs on this day as 30 january is observed as Martyrs' Day.

On Martyrs' Day I pay homage to each & every Martyr who laid his or her life for our Nation. Their bravery & courage will always inspire.

Gujarat state paid tribute to the national leader by observing silence for two minutes at 11 a.m. 

Various all-religion prayer meetings have been arranged at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and Kirti Mandir in Porbandar.

Check some inspirational quotes by Mahatma Gandhi:

1. "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."

2. "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

3. "I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life."

4."I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people."

5. "My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him."

6. "Nobody can hurt me without my permission."

7. "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."

8. "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

9. "An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching."

10. "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." 

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