Mahatma Gandhi Left Precious Spiritual Legacy For World: China

Mahatma Gandhi and his legacy stayed in the shadows as Mao remained at the helm till his death in 1976.

 

BEIJING: Mahatma Gandhi not only inspired the people of India, but also left a precious spiritual legacy to the world, China has said, invoking his famous words that “China and India are fellow travellers sharing weal and woe in a common journey.”

October 2 has acquired special significance for Beijing ever since the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, sculpted by China’s acclaimed sculptor and artist Yuan Xikun was installed at the famous Chaoyang park in 2005, providing an opportunity for his admirers in the Communist nation to pay homage to the apostle of peace.

Every year on Gandhi Jayanthi, the picturesque park resonates with the recitation of Mahatma Gandhi bhajans and his famous sayings.

“As the leader and pioneer of the Indian national liberation movement, Mahatma Gandhi made outstanding contributions to the independence of India,” a senior Chinese official said.

“Known as the Mahatma, his spirit and deeds not only inspired the people of India, but also left a precious spiritual legacy to the world,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.