Obama gifts King memorial stone piece to Rajghat

November 8th, 2010 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Monday gifted a piece of stone - a Martin Luther King memorabilia - to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, once again bringing together two of the world’s biggest proponents of non-violence.

Wrapped in a box covered in gold paper, the gift was of a piece of white stone from American civil rights activist King’s national memorial in Washington. The stone was set on a small black base, embossed with the presidential seal and Obama’s signature.

“This is unparalleled,” Rajghat committee secretary Rajnish Kumar said, surprised when Obama handed over the King memorabilia.

The committee had earlier handed over a set of gifts, which included three books, a model of a spinning wheel and a bust of Gandhi, to Obama.

The US president had on Saturday pored over King’s words written in the Visitor’s Book at Mumbai’s Mani Bhavan, which had once been home to Gandhi.

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