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Canadian PM visits Rajghat

By Ajit Jain
November 18, 2009 10:40 IST
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Ajit Jain, rediff India Abroad, managing editor, Canada, who is travelling with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his first-ever visit to India, reports on the prime minister's visit to Mahatma Gandhi's memorial.  

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen visited Rajghat in New Delhi, where they laid a wreath on Mahatma Gandhi's memorial.

Two 14-year-olds representing the two countries -- Canadian Jeane STE-Marie and Indian Hartej Singh – carried the wreath from the entrance to the memorial.

'It's a great honor to be here at the memorial for such a great Indian and model for all humanity. Blessed be Gandhi's memory. Peace be on Earth.'

Laureen also signed the visitors' book.

Harper was presented with several books on Gandhi and a life-size copper bust of Gandhi.

Image: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Laureen pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on Wednesday | Photograph: Ajit Jain

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