Obama calls Mahatma Gandhi a hero

November 6th, 2010 - 5:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Mumbai, Nov 6 (IANS) Mahatma Gandhi is a “hero not just to India but to the world”, US President Barack Obama said Saturday after visiting the Mani Bhavan where the apostle of non-violence used to stay.

In remarks in the Visitors book after a 30-minute tour, Obama wrote: “I am filled with hope and inspiration as I have the privilege to view this testament to Gandhi’s life. He is a hero, not just to India but to the world.”

Obama’s wife Michelle, who was with him, wrote underneath: “This visit will be one that I will always treasure. The life and teachings of Gandhi must be shared with our children around the world.”

The Obamas were greeted at the Mani Bhavan, the second halt at the start of their India tour, by its trustees.

The president also read the remarks written by American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, who visited Mani Bhavan in 1959.

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