Indian leaders, including President Zail Singh and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, gathered at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi on January 30, to mark the 36th anniversary of the death of the nation's founder.
GV Eternal flame behind monument
SV Mrs Indira Gandhi and others stand (2 shots)
GVs Mrs Gandhi lays petals at monument; then walks round it and eternal flame (3 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO SV Saffron-robed man beating ceremonial instrument
SVs PAN FROM People seated TO Mrs Gandhi and others on prayer mat (2 shots)
SV Mrs Gandhi gets up and greets members of congregation
GV AND SV People walk to Harijan rally (2 shots)
GV PAN Rajiv Gadhi and followers arrive in rally
GVs and ZOOM IN TO SV Mrs Gandhi addresses crowd (5 shots)
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Background: Indian leaders, including President Zail Singh and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, gathered at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi on January 30, to mark the 36th anniversary of the death of the nation's founder. Mrs Gandhi led a floral tribute and later took part in a prayer service that was also attended by several of her ministers. At 11 a.m. exactly the Last Post was sounded and the assembled dignitaries stood in silence. The anniversary is also observed throughout India as Martyrs' Day. Mahatma Gandhi as assassinated by Hindu extremist following the Independence and Partition of India. After the service Mrs Gandhi, accompanied by her older son, addressed a large rally organised by the Harijan community, an underprivileged section of society that has been traditionally discriminated against under the Hindu caste system. Nearly fifty thousand people attended the gathering and heard the Prime Minister tell them that her government was trying to bring them into the mainstream of Indian life. Mrs. Gandhi said this included setting aside millions of dollars for special aid programmes. Political observers in India believe Mrs Gandhi is trying to win back the support of the weaker section of the population in time for the next election.