Chennai, January 30, 2017: Today marks the 69th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s martyrdom. It also marks a day dedicated to Leprosy eradication. Gandhiji was keen that leprosy should become a problem of the past. Unfortunately nearly 60 percent of new leprosy patients are from India. In 1982, I presented a report on the eradication of Leprosy by the year 2000 as suggested by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Unfortunately we are one of the few countries where Leprosy is persisting.