The Indian High Commission in Bangladesh celebrated 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2. High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla, was the chief guest of the occasion. The program began with him and other guests paying floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. A documentary film was shown on the legendary persona titled “Mahatma: A great soul of the 20th century” where his well-known sayings such as “Be the change that you wish to see”, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind” and “Poverty is the worst form of violence” was shown. The film was accompanied by graphic imagery showing the leader of the Indian National Movement in his distinctive khadi outfit and spectacles.
A choir rendering favorite bhajans of Mahatma Gandhi was sung by the prominent singer Rezwana Choudhury Bannya and other notable singers and dancers who performed on ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’, Vaishnava Jana Toh’ and ‘Ekla Cholo Re’. Every year Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary is celebrated as ‘Gandhi Jayanti’ to commemorate his ideals of peace and non-violence as well as his immense contributions to India’s freedom struggle. The day is also popularly known as International day of Non-Violence.
Speaking on the occasion, Harsha Vardhan Shringla said that “Mahatma Gandhi belongs to the entire humanity and not just to India. His message, his mission, and his life are both timeless and universal”. He also mentioned that being a part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, artistes from over 124 countries have contributed musically to pay homage.
As part of the programme, prizes were distributed to winners of an inter school quiz competition named ‘Bapu @ 150’ and guests were given a gift hamper containing khadi as a token of memento.

Badhan Sarkar