People in Netherlands participated in one of its kind ‘Gandhi March’ as part of ‘Follow the Mahatma’ campaign which is being observed between October 1 and 2 in the The Hague to mark the birth anniversary of India’s ‘Father of the Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in Porbandar, Gujarat to Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai on October 2, 1869.

Apart from the ‘Follow the Gandhi’ march, excerpt of opera titled ‘Satyagraha’ composed by musician Philip Glass will also be performed at Grote Kerk in The Hague, Netherlands.

Besides the book launch and Opera events, a bicycle personally used by Mahatma Gandhi will be displayed at Grote Kerk in The Hague as part of the activities.

Authored by Pramod Kapoor, a Dutch book ‘Gandhi-An illustrated biography’ also to be released on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, in order to pay tribute and remember the sacrifices of Gandhi, who was one among strong leaders to help India achieve independence from the Britishers. He was the leader of Indian independence movement against British rule.

Gandhi’s ideology and his teachings to the human society to practise the dharma of non-violence still has relevance and is massively followed in the country.

Among many initiatives taken by Mahatma Gandhi for the upliftment of the society in India and abroad, he fought for the rights of blacks in Africa. Gandhi when he was 36, fought for the ‘Zulus’ in Natal when the British declared war against the Zulu Kingdom in 1906. Gandhi was able to encourage the Indian volunteers to help as an ambulance unit. Gandhi took the initiative to come forward and work to change the perceptions of the British people against the coloured people.

Gandhi’s birthday, 2 October, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-violence. Gandhi preaching and works during his entire life inspired movements for civil rights and freedom all across the world. 

First Published | 2 October 2017 7:45 AM
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