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Ahimsa, Satyagraha and the Mahatma revisited


Published : 02 Oct 2021 10:14 PM | Updated : 03 Oct 2021 01:06 PM

The Indian High Commission in Dhaka has celebrated the International Day of Non-Violence and the 152nd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Ashram, Noakhali.

A discussion titled ‘Ahimsa, Satyagraha and the Mahatma – Revisited’ was also organised as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

The discussion was organised to commemorate the 152nd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which is also marked as the International Day of Non-Violence since 2007, the Indian High Commission said.

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliament Affairs Anisul Huq was the chief guest at the event. Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr AK Abdul Momen participated as the Guest of Honor along with High Commissioner of India Vikram Doraiswami.

The event was also attended by former Minister for Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor, Aroma Dutta MP, Tuomo Poutiainen, interim UN Resident Coordinator and ILO Country Director as well as Sudipto Mukherjee, UNDP Resident Representative.

Justice Soumendra Sarkar, Chairman of Gandhi Ashram Trust chaired the event in which Advocate Misbah Uddin Siraj, Trustee of Gandhi Ashram Trust was also present.

Anisul Huq, Dr AK Abdul Momen and Vikram Doraiswami inaugurated the newly renovated Gandhi Memorial Museum as well.

The renovation of the unique Museum housed inside the Gandhi Ashram campus was supported by India.

Guests visited the Gandhi Memorial Museum and appreciated the unique display of memorabilia and artifacts related to Mahatma Gandhi.

Speaking at the occasion, High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami said that Gandhiji’s life and his message holds relevance even today.

He recalled the remarks made by Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina during a UN event organised to commemorate 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019.

The prime minister had said that Gandhiji’s love for common people and ideals of non-violence contributed to shaping Bangabandhu’s vision of struggle against oppression and tyranny perpetrated by the then regime.

He also expressed his delight that during Mujib Borsho, the Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition was on display in Bangladesh.

He invited the audience to visit the Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition that is on display in Dhaka till 11 October and would later on move to Chattogram, Sylhet, Khulna and Rajshahi.

He said that the exhibition celebrates in a uniquely thematic way, the life and legacy of the Fathers of each of the two Nations, Mahatma Gandhi and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

A dance drama based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Chandalika was specially presented by Spandan Cultural Center from Dhaka on the occasion.

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