India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi led her nation in celebrations of the 160th anniversary of the birth of the "Father of the Nation", Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi on Thursday (2 October).
GV Mrs Gandhi laying flowers on memorial
SV People queueing to offer lowers
GV & LV Flowers placed on memorial (3 shots)
SV People seated for prayer ceremony.
GV Government officials seated, zoom in to vice-president Jatti.
GV Mrs Gandhi during prayer
GV PAN Prayer in progress
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Background: India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi led her nation in celebrations of the 160th anniversary of the birth of the "Father of the Nation", Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi on Thursday (2 October).
Mrs Gandhi and Vice-President Jatti attended memorial services at the Gandhi memorial and laid flowers in respect to India's former great leader.
But the anniversary could also provide the Indian government with the perfect opportunity to introduce new prohibition laws.
Mrs Gandhi, describing alcohol as a major social evil, is calling for a nationwide movement to make prohibition stick.
A Government statement released on Thursday, said, "The Father of the Nation led the movement to bring about prohibition. He enjoined the people of the country to give up the drinking habit and abolish liquor shops.
"The Government of India has been advocating a number of measures with a view to reducing the consumption of alcoholic beverages and preparing the ground for the total introduction of prohibition."
Mahatma Gandhi once called drink more "damnable than thieving and perhaps even prostitution" but in the 28 years since independence, the nation's dry laws have been relaxed almost out of existence.
The Indian generally appear to enjoy a drink like most other nationalities and past attempts at prohibition have resulted in tragic cases of mass poisoning. Scores of people have died after drinking illicit, virtually home-brewed liquor.