On the eve of the 72nd Independence Day on Tuesday, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation and said that this year is special as it marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, hence, people should try and adapt his "ideas and maxims." "Independence Day is always special, but this year there is an unusual significance attached to it. In a few weeks, on October 2, we will begin the commemoration of the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji did not just lead our freedom struggle. He was and still is our moral compass. In my capacity as the President of India, I have been fortunate to have travelled around the world, particularly to a few countries of Africa. Everywhere, across continents, Gandhiji is mentioned, cherished and remembered as an icon for all humanity. He is the embodiment of India," President Kovind said.