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Wednesday, 2 October, 2002, 15:38 GMT 16:38 UK
Picture Gallery: Gandhi's Birthday
Indians have been marking the 133rd birth anniversary of one of their most revered leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, who fought against British colonial rule through non-violent means.

But his message of peace and communal harmony has been overshadowed by recurrent religious clashes in the Mahatama's own state of Gujarat.

Children dressed as Gandhi in Lucknow
133 children dress as Gandhi in Lucknow to mark the 133rd birthday

Peace activists use the occasion to highlight the message for peace

Protesters carrying General Musharraf's cartoon sketch in Calcutta
In Calcutta, political groups marked the annivesary by condemning Pakistan

Prime Minister Vajpayee paying floral tributes at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial at Rajghat in  Delhi
Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee marked the day with traditional respects

Opposition leader Sonia Gandhi was among the first visitors to the memorial

An unidentified Gandhi follower saying his daily prayer at Sabarmati in Gujarat
Veteran Gandhi followers in Gujarat spent the day in quiet reflection

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