Health ministers pay tribute to late ethicist and Nobel laureate Mahatma Gandhi on Tuesday for creating the civil society framework that led to India’s independence from Britain, but criticised his legacy. The former Prime Minister’s ‘warrior ethos’, which included opposing India’s colonial rule in neighbouring Sri Lanka, helped persuade the then British government to negotiate a peace agreement over the disputed sub-continent in 1947. He was also accused of human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings and torture, in the Indian-controlled Bangladesh. Mr Gandhi’s speech on Tuesday said: “India’s long struggle for democratic values has achieved historic heights. I have witnessed first-hand how a nation is built on the 보성출장안마foundations of human dignity and liberty. “Today the great nation of India is called upon to en강원안마sure that no member of this great people is subjected to abuse, violence or the indignity of subjugation.”
Getty Images A picture shows Mahatma Gandhi as he addresses the media.
In a moving tribute he made the former Prime Minister a “great soldier and a great hero and an excellent leader”, he also paid tribute to his parents who are still alive. Mr Gandhi was 91 when he became Prime Minister during the second world war, and passed away in August 1947.
He said: “All my children are my best soldiers. I always said that when I met them they were very proud of their leader. For years I watched him as his body lay in a coffin in the family garden in Delhi. “There were other people who died at an early age because he stood up to protect those who had no hope of freedom.
Getty Images Mahatma Gandhi (left) gave his speech as the US president spoke about their war on terror and what the world wants from them
“He was a soldier of justice, peace and human rights for centuries. He was a champion of the poor and vulnerable.
“He believed that the world is a more just and better place when one person is given the opportunity to own the full strength of power over life and death.
“He understood that the very act of loving and being kind creates space and space for all people. His actions created a better world골목.”
Mr Gandhi died on August 10, 1947 at age 94, having been assassinated in London on 27 August.