Union Minister Nitin Gadkari posted a dramatic video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading dignitaries of the G20, including US President Joe Biden and the Prime Ministers of Japan, Fumi Kishida, and the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, as well as the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, honoring Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat complex on a rainy Sunday morning.
“Honoring Gandhiji’s Legacy at Rajghat: Where Diversity Meets Peace!” Mr. Gadkari wrote on X.
In the video shared by Mr Gadkari, the Prime Minister is seen receiving world leaders wearing an ‘angvastram’ or stole, which features an image of the Sabarmati Ashram – which was Mahatma Gandhi’s home from 1917 to 1930 and a of India’s centers of freedom. battle – was woven.
PM Modi explains the significance of the ashram and then leads the dignitaries, each of whom was presented with an ‘angvastram’, along the path at Rajghat and towards the Gandhi monument.
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) September 10, 2023
The monument itself was decorated with fresh flowers and there were wreaths everywhere with the name of each country on it. The G20 leaders and the Prime Minister then paid tribute to Gandhi.
Some, like German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, went barefoot despite the rain. Others, such as Biden and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – who takes over the rotating presidency of the G-20 from India – were among those wearing white slippers or overshoes.
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Prime Minister Modi later praised Gandhi as a “beacon of service, compassion and non-violence” and wrote that his “timeless ideals guide our collective vision for a harmonious, inclusive and prosperous global future.”
Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals resonate worldwide. pic.twitter.com/J4Ko3IXpe4
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 10, 2023
He also shared another video – of leaders signing the ‘Peace Wall’ at the ‘Leaders’ Lounge’ – and posted: “Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals resonate worldwide.”
Nitin Gadkari to DailyExpertNews
Meanwhile, earlier today, in an exclusive interview with DailyExpertNews, Mr Gadkari spoke about the importance of biofuels in reducing global pollution and making India a carbon neutral nation. The Global Biofuels Alliance was launched by Prime Minister Modi at the G20 in Delhi on Saturday, when the Prime Minister had called on other countries to join and set a global target of blending 20 percent ethanol with petrol.
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“The Biofuels Alliance is a historic event that will help us reduce global pollution in a significant way,” Gadkari said. “The use of ethanol in gasoline is a major achievement, and it will be especially useful for farmers, who can now sell their surplus crop to gas stations.”
With input from agencies