Benjamin Netanyahu calls Mahatma Gandhi 'humanity's great prophet', says his visit to Sabarmati Ashram was inspiring

Ahmedabad: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday described Mahatma Gandhi as one of the great prophets of humanity.

File image of Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at Sabarmati Ashram. PTI

File image of Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at Sabarmati Ashram. PTI

Netanyahu arrived in Ahemdabad on Wednesday morning and held a grand roadshow along with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, the abode of Mahatma Gandhi for a long time.

In a four-line message jointly signed by Netanyahu and his wife Sara in the visitor's log book at the ashram, the Israeli dignitaries said their "visit was inspiring".

"An inspiring visit to the hearth of one of humanity's great prophets of inspiration- Mahatma Gandhi-," Netanyahu wrote in the book.

Earlier, the Israeli prime minister and his wife spent around 20 minutes in the ashram premises, where they visited 'Hriday Kunj', the home of Mahatma Gandhi.

The two dignitaries also tried their hands at the 'charkha', the hand spinning wheel which was emblematic of India's quest for self-reliance during the freedom struggle.

They also flew kites for a couple of minutes, as their visit comes just a few days after 'Uttarayana' (or Makar Sankranti), Gujarat's popular kite festival.

Gandhi had spent a large part of his life in the Sabarmati Ashram after he returned to India from South Africa to lead India's non-violent freedom struggle.

He left the ashram in 1930 when he took out the Dandi March from here, with a vow not to return to the place till India got Independence.


Updated Date: Jan 18, 2018 08:50 AM

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