The Father of the Nation is worshipped across the world as messenger of peace, love and tolerance. At a time when India is witnessing large-scale intolerance over several controversial episodes--Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan's article, Tamil actor-director Kamal Haasan's film "Vishwaroopam", Sociologist Ashis Nandy's take on corruption--it is high time to go back to the teaching of Gandhiji.
"Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding," was what Mahatma Gandhi famously said in regard to importance of tolerance.
As far as humanity is concerned, Gandhiji said, "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."
Right from President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the entire nation paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary.
Several dignitaries offered floral tribute to Gandhi at his memorial Rajghat in the national capital.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and a host of other dignitaries also paid tribute to the apostle of peace at his memorial.
A series of functions are being organized throughout the country to mark the occasion.