Delhi, October 2: In an opinion piece in The New York Times to mark 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Mahatma Gandhi had the "unique ability to become a bridge between some of the greatest contradictions in human society." PM Modi also noted Gandhi's emphasis on being nationalist and a note he wrote in 1925 that "Internationalism is possible only when nationalism becomes a fact, i.e., when peoples belonging to different countries have organized themselves and are able to act as one man.”
In the NYT article titled "Why India and the World Need Gandhi", PM Narendra Modi quoted Albert Einstein's famous words that he said for Mahatma: “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.” Why and How Is Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary Celebrated on October 2?
Tweet by PM Narendra Modi:
Mahatma Gandhi’s personality.
The power of his thoughts.
His global impact.
And, a special Einstein challenge for you all!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 2, 2019
The Indian Premier also proposed "a special Einstein Challenge" to ensure the ideals of Gandhiji are remembered by future generations. "As a tribute to Gandhi, I propose what I call the Einstein Challenge... How do we ensure the ideals of Gandhi are remembered by future generations? I invite thinkers, entrepreneurs and tech leaders to be at the forefront of spreading Gandhi's ideas through innovation," PM Modi said.
The post starts with a quote by social activist Martin Luther King Jr, who on reaching in India 1959, said that I came to India as a pilgrim. "To other countries I may go as a tourist, but to India I come as a pilgrim. India is the land where the techniques of nonviolent social change were developed," Martin Luther King Jr had said.
PM Modi, in his article, says that Mahatma offers a solution to every problem. "In Gandhi, we have the best teacher to guide us," he said. "The world bows to you, beloved Bapu!" he said while concluding his post.