16 August 2019
Marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian Ambassador to Myanmar planted sandal trees at his residence in Yangon, Friday.
Two sandal trees were planted in the compound of Ambassador residence. Members of Mahatma Gandi Celebration Holding Committee, entrepreneurs and people who love and respect to Mahatma Gandhi joined the event.
Ambassador, Embassy of India, H.E Shri Saurabh Kumar said “Sandal tree is considered very auspicious. So, we have planted sandal tree and the occasion is to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandi....He was against exploitation of nature and when there is awareness all over the world to live in harmony with nature to live a green life remembering Gandi by planting trees, I think it’s a way of remembering him”.
Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October, 1869. He was a lawyer, politician, social activist and writer who became the leader of socialist movement against the British rule of India. He is also known for his non-violent philosophy of passive resistance. He was assassinated on 30th January, 1948.
Ambassador, Embassy of India, H.E Shri Saurabh Kumar said “And as I said, Gandi’s are as much as relevant today as they were in the past. And that’s the objective of revisiting his teachings, his ideology because a lot of them are more relevant today than perhaps they were in the past, particularly in the case of environment protection and a greener way of living”.
Gandhi’s birthday, 2nd October, is commemorated in India as a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-violence. Meanwhile, the community in Myanmar has been organizing many events. In coming Sunday morning, the India Embassy will organize “Cycle for Peace” event in collaboration with Myanmar Cycling Association at Kandawgyi Lake.
Joint Secretary, Mahatma Gandi Celebration Holding Committee, Kyaw Thu said “We are going to organize events for a month in Myanmar. Sandalwood planting ceremony was held in Nay Pyi Taw this month and today at the Ambassador’s residence. Essay and Art competitions will be held at Myoma High School on September 1st. The winners will be awarded at the grand celebration for 150th birthday anniversary on September 28th. The blood donation ceremony, walking and cycling events are going to be organized as well.”
Honoring the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Myanmar-India-China Friendship and Development Association donated 10 million kyat to Mahatma Gandi Celebration Holding Committee in presence of Indian Ambassador.
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