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Earliest memory of India for Bush is that of Gandhi

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Washington, Feb 24 (UNI) US President George W Bush says his earliest memory of India was about Mahatma Gandhi.

As a young man, he said, he was deeply impressed by all that Gandhi did and stood for.

''Gandhi. It's my first memory, as I think about India. You know, a person who was so spiritual that he captured the imagination of the entire world. He's proof positive that -- throughout history there have been individuals that have had the capacity to shape thought and to influence and -- beyond border. And he did that,'' Bush said while speaking to Indian journalists in an interview after his address to the Asia Society.

Asked whether he had seen the movie ''Gandhi'' made by Richard Attenborough, he replied, ''I watched that, too. But that's -- but my memory was earlier than that.'' UNI XC CS DS1240

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