The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi showed his hospitality to the South Korean President, H. E. Mr. Moon Jae In who was on a state visit to India by taking him to Gandhi Smriti, the site of the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi on July 9, 2018, where they offered floral tributes to the Mahatma.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and the Samiti’s Vice-Chairman welcomed Shri Narendra Modi Ji and Mr. Moon Jae In. A charkha and books from the GSDS was also presented to them by Dr. Mahesh Sharma.
During the visit, Shri Narendra Modi gave a personal guided tour to Mr. Moon Jae In by explaining him the history of the Gandhi Smriti Museum, the erstwhile Birla House where Mahatma Gandhi lived for the last 144 days of his life and where he was assassinated on January 30, 2018.
The President of South Korea and the Indian Prime Minister also beat the World Peace Gong whose peaceful sound reverberated in the Gandhi Smriti campus sounding a call of peace and harmony for the whole world.
The two leaders also signed the visitor’s book in the Gandhi Smriti gallery leaving their impression of world peace for humanity.
The tour in the Gandhi Smriti Museum photographic gallery included various sections such as how world leaders paid their tribute to Mahatma Gandhi; Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s address to the Nation after Gandhi’s death; the walk through the gallery showcasing the photographs of the final journey of Mahatma Gandhi before proceeding to Bapuji’s room, where the two leaders stood silently for a moment.
Secretary Ministry of Culture, Shri Raghvendra Singh explained the significance of the Gandhi Smriti Museum and the photography exhibitions.
The two leaders then took a walk following the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi to the Prayer ground where the Mahatma was assassinated. Here they offered their tributes at the Martyrs Column.
Eminent exponent of classical music, Dr. Vidya Shah made the evening more somber through her renditions of favorite bhajans/hymns from saints such as Kabir, Nanak, Tulsidas and with Gandhiji’s favorite Ram Dhun.
The visiting dignitaries also joined the evening prayer at the lawns where Gandhiji regularly conducted inter-faith prayers.