Kasturba remembered on 64th death anniversary

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) Rich tributes were today paid to 'Ba', as Kasturba Gandhi was popularly called, on her 64th death anniversary at the Gandhi Smriti here.

Several Gandhians and students gathered at the memorial office.

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Dr V Mohini Giri, Dr Savita Singh, Director GSDS, and people from different sections of the society were also present on the occasion.

A musical tribute 'Sur Shradhanjali' was also organised. Children spun on the charkha.

The programme was organised by the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti.

It was while serving her prison term on February 22, 1944, Kasturba Gandhi died at Pune's Agha Khan Palace.

Ms Singh recalled that in his autobiography, Mahatma Gandhi wrote about his relationship with Kasturba, and how he imposed upon her his radical ideas about celibacy, the simple life and the removal of untouchability. She said he has also described himself as ''a cruelly kind husband'' .

''But in effect it was Kasturba who had a lasting impact on Gandhi, which was responsible in many ways in transforming him into a Mahatma, she said.


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