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Indian leaders and citizens pay homage to the iconic freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi on the 63rd anniversary of his death. Some believe Gandhi’s spirit is still alive.
India paid homage to the iconic freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi on the 63rd anniversary of his death on Sunday.
Martyr's Day is observed all across the country.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Patil, and other senior leaders paid their respects at the cremation ground of Gandhi in New Delhi.
In Ahmedabad, people paid homage to the father of the nation at the Sabarmati Ashram which is also known as Gandhi's Ashram and holds special significance in the Indian Independence movement.
One college vice chancellor, Sudarshan Ayange, said Gandhi's spirit was still alive.
[Sudarshan Ayange, Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapeeth College]:
"On the anniversary of his death, people should remember Gandhi in a way, as Gandhi said, 'I would speak even from the grave.' Gandhi's principles and rules will never fade away, yes sometimes we human beings cheat Gandhi. In today's time, if we see, it seems as if Gandhi has been reborn among us."
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, pioneered the philosophy of non-violent resistance to British rule in India.
A Hindu radical assassinated him on January 30th, 1948 in New Delhi.