President Ram Nath Kovind and the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the President of the Republic of South Africa, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Ceremonial Reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on January 25, 2019.
Republic Day Tableaus in 2019 to reflect grand preparation for 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
Republic Day Tableaus in 2019 today will reflect on the grand preparation underway for 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. President of India Ram Nath Kovind at the Banquet Hosted in the Honour of the President of South Africa, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged that India at its 70th Republic day is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela.
“For our two leaders, who walked parallel political pathways, this coincidence could not bring a sharper focus on the shared legacy they have left behind, for us and for the entire humanity. And as we talk of their lives, I must recall what Mahatma Gandhi said while leaving South Africa for good – and I quote- ‘This subcontinent has become to me a sacred and dear land, next only to my motherland. I leave the shores of South Africa with a heavy heart, and the distance that will now separate me from South Africa, will but, draw me closer to it, and its welfare will always be a matter of great concern’ – unquote,” , President reiterated that these prophetic words continue to guide us, as we work to enhance and deepen our special friendship and our strategic partnership.
“Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela belong not just to India and South Africa, but to the entire world. To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we have launched an artificial limb fitment programme – “India for Humanity”. In doing so, we are inspired by his universal message and as much by the South African spirit of “Ubuntu”, that is – the spirit humanity and compassion towards others,” he added.