During his visit in India, US President Barack Obama paid a visit to Mani Bhavan. After visiting the house of Mahatma Gandhi whom he looked to for inspiration, US President Barack Obama hailed the Father of the Nation as “a hero not just to India but to the world.” US President Barack Obama visited Mani Bhavan during his visit. After visiting the house of Mahatma Gandhi whom he looked to for inspiration, US President Barack Obama hailed the Father of the Nation as “a hero not just to India but to the world.” Obama, who was struck with awe, wrote in the visitor’s book at the Mani Bhavan with a cupboard teetering with books of the Mahatma in the background. He wrote, “I am filled with hope and inspiration as I have the privilege to view this testament to Gandhi’s life. He is a hero not just to India but to the world,” Obama, who is a self-confessed hero of Gandhi, accompanied by his wife Michelle spent about 45 minutes going around the simple, old-style, two-storied building on Laburnum Road in South Mumbai where the Father of the Nation stayed during his visits to Bombay. The president in his speeches has often cited Gandhi has having a major influence on him. Michelle said she will always “treasure” the visit to honour Gandhi’s memory. Obama also went to the adjoining room which is home to an exhibition depicting Gandhi’s life through mini figures in about 28 tableaux. The rooms on either side of the exhibition have been turned into a photo gallery which gives glimpses of Gandhi in Mani Bhavan and the important events in his life. Raju Sharma – NMTV News.
August 18, 2009