Shimla hosts Mahatma Gandhi photo exhibition

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Shimla, Jan 31 (ANI): A state-run museum Shimla has mounted an exhibition of rare photographs of Mahatma Gandhi to pay homage to the country's iconic freedom fighter on his 62nd death anniversary on Saturday.

Organized by the language and cultural department of the Himachal Pradesh, the weeklong exhibition displays around 150 photographs depicting Gandhi's life.

The pictures displayed in the exhibition not only portray his contribution to Indian freedom and emancipation but also to the whole world. His visits to South Africa and peace messages to Nelson Mandela are also depicted.

" I salute the photographers who have captured his various moods and different aspects of his life. This is like the country's heritage for us. This exhibition will not only help us but the progeny will also know about the perils that he crossed before achieving freedom," said Manisha Nanda, Secretary of Language and Culture Department of the state.

She added that the pictures, which have been drawn from the National Archives and Gandhi museum, also include his visit to Shimla.

"It is difficult for a foreigner to properly understand the significance of Mahatma Gandhi. Though, I think in these times when there is a lot of war, fighting between nations and religions, he has set an example that through non-violence and tolerance you can achieve amazing things," said John Cook, a visitor from United Kingdom. (ANI)

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