DHARAMSALA, 2 Oct: Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) held a brief ceremony today at the Kashag Secretariat here in Dharamsala to celebrate 151st birth anniversary of India’s father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Kalons(Ministers), Secretaries and senior officials of the CTA who attended the ceremony sung the Indian national anthem as the officiating President, Religion and culture Kalon(Minister) Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok hoisted the tri-coloured Indian national flag.
“On the auspicious day of Gandhi Jayanti (an event celebrated in India to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi) I would like to send our greetings to all our Indian brothers and sisters as well as Tibetans all over the world and pay our deepest homage and tribute to Mahatma Gandhi Ji,” the officiating President said.
He further said that Gandhi’s message is still very much alive all over the world and that Tibetans are following his messages, primarily the nonviolence and truth among others that the world presently finds itself light on.
“The best way to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti would be to remember, promote and practice his messages,”
In a sly dig at China, he said “violence and the power game like in the olden times is totally outdated these days,” and added that China and other powerful nations should follow the path of truth ad nonviolence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the father of the nation on his birth anniversary by hoping that Gandhi’s principles of satyagraha, non-violence and truth will continue to guide India.
“We bow to beloved Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti There is much to learn from his life and noble thoughts. May Bapu’s ideals keep guiding us in creating a prosperous and compassionate India,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
Today also marks the International Day of Nonviolence, a day dedicated by the United Nations since 15 June 2007 to celebrate Gandhi’s invaluable contribution to the world.