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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary at Parliament House, in New Delhi, Wednesday (Photo: PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary at Parliament House, in New Delhi, Wednesday (Photo: PTI)

Modi throws ‘Einstein Challenge’

  • Modi said that from uniting those who believe in humanity to furthering sustainable development and ensuring economic self-reliance, Gandhi offers solutions to every problem
  • PM Modi mentioned Swachh Bharat Mission, a nationwide campaign that aims to clean streets and roads launched on 2 October 2014

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thrown an “Einstein Challenge" to propagate the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi through innovations.

In his opinion piece in the 2 October issue of The New York Times on the occasion of the Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary, he called upon thinkers, entrepreneurs and tech leaders to take forward Gandhi’s idea of innovation for future generations to remember.

“As a tribute to Gandhi, I propose what I call the Einstein Challenge. We know Albert Einstein’s famous words on Gandhi: “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth," Modi said in the article. “How do we ensure the ideals of Gandhi are remembered by future generations? I invite thinkers, entrepreneurs and tech leaders to be at the forefront of spreading Gandhi’s ideas through innovation," he said.

Modi said that from uniting those who believe in humanity to furthering sustainable development and ensuring economic self-reliance, Gandhi offers solutions to every problem.

Writing about certain measures in India to take forward Gandhi’s ideals, Modi said, “In Gandhi, we have the best teacher to guide us. We in India are doing our bit. India is among the fastest when it comes to eliminating poverty."

Modi also mentioned Swachh Bharat Mission, a nationwide campaign that aims to clean streets and roads launched on 2 October 2014.

“Our sanitation efforts have drawn global attention. India is also taking the lead in harnessing renewable resources through efforts like the International Solar Alliance, which has brought together several nations to leverage solar energy for a sustainable future," Modi said.

Modi said that Gandhi combined ordinary objects with mass politics.

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