• Short Summary

    INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER MRS INDIRA GANDHI JOINED THOUSANDS OF INDIANS YESTERDAY IN A PRAYER CEREMONY TO MARK THE CENTENARY OF MAHATMA GANDHI'S BIRTH.

  • Description

    INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER MRS INDIRA GANDHI JOINED THOUSANDS OF INDIANS YESTERDAY IN A PRAYER CEREMONY TO MARK THE CENTENARY OF MAHATMA GANDHI'S BIRTH.

    THE CEREMONY, WHICH BEGAN SOON AFTER DAWN, TOOK PLACE AT RAJ GHAT, THE MEMORIAL NEAR THE JUMMA RIVER WHERE THE MAHATMA - 'THE GREAT SOUL' - WAS CREMATED AFTER HIS ASSASSINATION BY A HINDU FANATIC 21 YEARS AGO.

    MRS GANDHI SAT CROSS-LEGGED IN PRAYER ON THE GROUND, WITH MR. GIRI, INDIA'S PRESIDENT, AND THE VICE PRESIDENT, MR. PATHAK. THE EXILED TIBETAN RELIGIOUS LEADER, THE DALAI LANA, WHO NOW LIVES IN INDIA, WAS ALSO PRESENT.

    ANOTHER OF THE HONOURED GUESTS WHO JOINED THE INDIAN LEADERS IN PRAYER WAS AN OLD COLLEAGUE OF THE MAHATMA, KHAN ABDUL GHAFFAR KHAN, WHO LED THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT IN THE NORTH-WEST FRONTIER. THE KHAN, NOW EIGHTY, IS LEADER OF THE PAKHTOON MOVEMENT IN PAKISTAN. HE IS VISITING INDIA FROM HIS EXILE HOME IN AFGHANISTAN.

    AROUND THE MEMORIAL PLATFORM, STREWN WITH ROSE-PETALS AND JASMINE, SAT 1,000 VOLUNTEERS WHO HAD FOR FOUR DAYS BEEN SPINNING NON-STOP TO COMMEMORATE GANDHI'S CAMPAIGN TO END IMPERIAL DOMINATION BY MAKING HOME-SPUN, HOME-WOVEN CLOTH THE SYMBOL OF THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT.

    PRAYERS WERE RECITED FROM HINDU, MOSLEM, CHRISTIAN SIKH, PARSEE AND BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES, IN AN EFFORT TO EMPHASISE THE UNITY OF THE INDIAN PEOPLE WHICH MAHATMA GANDHI ALWAYS EMPHASISED.

    BUT FOR ONE OF THE PARTY AT LEAST, THE MESSAGE WAS NOT CLEAR ENOUGH. KHAN ABDUL GHAFFAR KHAN TODAY BEGAN A THREE FAST PROTEST AGAINST VIOLENCE, MUTUAL HATRED AND COMMUNAL HOSTILITY AMONG INDIANS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1EKH53VG9TL4REWNSM1IYGJKZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1EKH53VG9TL4REWNSM1IYGJKZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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