NEW DELHI, Jan 25 � US President Barack Obama, who has often talked about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his life, today paid homage to the �apostle of peace� at the Rajghat memorial here, describing his spirit as a �rare gift� to the world.
The American President placed a wreath, showered rose petals at Gandhi�s memorial and bowed before it with folded hands for some time.
�What Dr Martin Luther King Jr said remains true today: the spirit of Gandhi is very much alive in India today and it remains a rare gift to the world. May we always live in this spirit of love and peace among all people and nations,� Obama wrote in the visitors� book at the memorial.
Obama went straight to Rajghat after his ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. During his last visit here in 2010 also, he had paid tributes to Gandhi at the memorial. � PTI