Anniversary celebrations ends on a high note

Members of the Gandhi family Kidar Ramgobin, Kirti Menon, Neervana Singh Ramgobin, Ela Gandhi, Satish Dhupelia, Sunil Menon and Uma Dhupelia Mesthri with the bust that was unveiled.

The much anticipated 125th year anniversary of Gandhi being thrown out of a train at the Pietermaritzburg Station that saw, as part of the commemoration, the unveiling of a 100kg double-sided bronze bust and digital museum took place on Thursday morning.   The event which was broadcast to millions of people in India and nationally began with a poignant train journey from the nearby Pentrich station to the Pietermaritzburg station with Indian and local dignitaries on board.

A dramatization of Gandhi being thrown off train was performed by local twin brothers Visharad and Nirvikar Bundhoo. Commemorative stamps, coins and a coffee table book was also released at the event.  Deputy Minister of International Relations and Corporation, spoke of the binding relationship between Indian and SA, saying if “Nelson Mandela is the father of our nation, then Gandhi is the grandfather of our nation. Landers called on South Africa and India to deepen and strengthen their bond economically to further benefit the people. “We must do more to get rid our societies of the evil and denegration of racial discrimination that both Nelson Mandela and Gandhi rallied against. We must build a better world.”

Smt Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs and Culture said the station is a great pilgrimage site to visit. “I was asked to lay  wreath here but I found it strange because you only lay wreaths for people who have died. This is the birth place of the Mahatma, the birth place of Satyagraha.

Watch video: Reveal of two sided bronze eveal of the two sided bronze bust weighing about a 100kg. Mapped out from real 3D images of Gandhi, made in Hydrabad Gandhi digital museum.

 

Ruschira Kamboj High Commissioner of India to the Republic of SA  said he most lethal weapon Gandhiji created was born in the mind. “Satyagraha was an ideology of compassion and forgiveness, unique to anything felt or seen. 125 years ago, the notion of changing a country and breaking a crippling system of oppression is enough to discourage most. The very idea of reshaping an entire country is so immensely revolutionary that to imagine doing so without ferocity or bloodshed would be an impossibility for most at the time. However, it was Mahatma Gandhi’s conviction in his enlightenment which allowed him to liberate a country and its people.”

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Keroshini Paltu

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