October 5, 2023, 12:47 am

Diplomatic correspondent

2023-09-11 03:17:23 BdST

PM Sheikh Hasina, G20 leaders pay homage to Gandhi

G20 leaders, including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial Rajghat on Sunday.

Modi welcomed the dignitaries with an 'angvastram' or stole with an image of Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, which was his home from 1917 to 1930 and served as one of the main centres of India's freedom struggle, in the background.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen explaining to the leaders the significance of the ashram.

The G20 leaders paid tributes to Gandhi by laying wreaths at his samadhi.

While some leaders, including Modi and Sunak, walked barefoot, others were seen wearing white footwear provided to the visitors at Rajghat.

Later, Modi said in a post on X (formerly Twitter) that at the iconic Rajghat, the G20 family paid homage to Gandhi -- the beacon of peace, service, compassion and non-violence.

"As diverse nations converge, Gandhi ji's timeless ideals guide our collective vision for a harmonious, inclusive and prosperous global future," he wrote.

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