Indians across the world marked the birth anniversary of the father of the nation at different functions, where the Mahatma's message of non-violence and peace was invoked.
Speaking at a function organised by the India League at the Gandhi Park in Central London, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vyalar Ravi referred to the rediscovery of Gandhi's message by the current generation as depicted in the recent hit movie Lage Raho Munnabhai and said the film has brought modern image of Gandhi to the youth.
In his address, India's Deputy High Commissioner to the UK Ranjan Mathai gave a gist of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's address at Durban in South Africa where he spoke about the relevance of Gandhi's message to the world afflicted by international terrorism and religious wars.
The function was attended by the Mayor of London Borough of Camden, Councillor Gill Fraser. Other prominent personalities present were Maneck Dalal, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Dr Nand Kumar, Executive Director of the Bhavan, Manav Majumdar of the India League, Balwant Kapur, President of the Overseas Congress of India, (UK) London.
Earlier in the day, Ravi inaugurated the India-UK summit meet, India Calling, attended by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone among others.
About 125 Indian firms and 200 companies from Britain participated in the summit organised jointly by the London Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Merchants' Chamber, Mumbai.