State remembers Gandhi, Shastri

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Mumbai, Oct 2 (UNI) Rich tributes were paid to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on the occasion of their birth anniversaries here today.

Today is Mahatma's 138th birth anniversary which is being observed as 'International Non-Violence Day. While it is Shastri's 102nd birth anniversary.

Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna offered florat tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Bhavan and witnessed a Bhajan recital by Arati Ankalikar Tikekar. Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was also present on the occasion.

Later, the Governor along with the Chief Minister and dignitaries took the 'India of My Dreams' pledge, which was read by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. The pledge was broadcast by Doordarshan.

The year 2007 is being celebrated as the Centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha Movement in South Africa.

The text of the Oath has been taken from the vision statement of Mahatma Gandhi, which he had outlined on his way to the Round Table conference.

Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal and Public Concern for Governance Trust along with the NSS, NCC, Sports and Culture Units of SNDT and Mumbai University have organised an hour-long event at Mumbai University Stadium to commemorate the International Non-Violence Day. About 10,000 students participated in it.

An Exhibition cum Sale of 300 titles of Gandhi and Sarvodaya books has been organised from October 2 to 11 at Gandhi Book Centre here.

Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal would also organise Gandhi Peace Exam where about 35,000 students from 63 colleges and 232 schools will appear for the exam this month.

A statue of late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri was unveiled by union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in south Mumbai.

A function to commemorate the birth anniversaries of the two was also held at the Maharashtra Congress headquarters in central Mumbai. Mr Shivraj Patil and other senior congress workers were present at the function.

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