The Indian High Commission hosted an event on the occasion of 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, also commemorated as the International Day of Non-Violence in Wellington in the presence of community members, and dignitaries on Friday, October 2.

Speaking at the event, the dignitaries recalled legacy left by Mahatma Gandhi and what his name stood for, not just in India but across the globe.

The event was organised by Indian High Commission, in association with Wellington City Council and different Indian associations/universities/organisations.

The event commenced with the garlanding ceremony of Mahatma Gandhi Statue at the Wellington Railway Station followed by a floral tribute and speeches by eminent personalities remembering the impact of Mahatma Gandhi’s work on a global scale.

Present at the event were Minister Grant Robertson, Mayor of Wellington Andy Foster, Former Governor-General of New Zealand Sir Anand Satyanand, Dean of Diplomatic Corps Leasi Papali’l Tommy Scanlan, National MP Kanwaljit Bakshi, and High Commissioner of India, Muktesh Pardeshi.

High Commissioner of India Muktesh Pardeshi thanked community members and associations for supporting the event and making it a grand success. 

Speaking on the occasion Sir Anand Satyanand narrated the history of the salt march led by Mahatma Gandhi and the revolution it brought for the Indians under the British Empire.

Mayor Andy Foster spoke about the international day of non-violence and its relevance in today’s world, including New Zealand. He added that non-violence was not just limited to wars, but the internal turmoil of individuals within families, violence against women, and children etc.

Minister of Businesses Grant Robertson said Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy not only stands for faith and understanding, belief in compassion; it can be seen as a living and breathing way of understanding each other and moving forward together as a world.

Post speeches, a community member Jasuben sang some of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajans (devotional song) and another group led by community member Yudhisthir performed some other devotional songs entertaining the guests present at the event.