Indian Consulate in Chicago observes Martyrs Day to commemorate Gandhiji’s death

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India’s Consul General in Chicago Amit Kumar and his wife Surabhi Kumar, as well as members of the community in Chicagoland, representatives of the Gandhi Memorial Foundation, and some staff members from the Consulate, seen in photo singing bhajans Jan. 30, 2022, to commemorate the day Mahatma Gandhi died in 1948. Photo: Indian Consulate in Chicago

India’s Consulate in Chicago observed Martyr’s Day on Jan. 30, 2022, the day Gandhiji died from gunshot wounds.

Those present observed two minutes of silence at 1100 hrs as a mark of respect to the ‘Father of the Nation’ as Gandhiji is popularly known as.

The Gandhi Memorial in Skokie Illiois. Photo: Indian Consulate in Chicago

On the occasion, Consul General Amit Kumar and Surabhi Kumar paid homage at the Gandhi Memorial in Skokie, Illinois.

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Consul General Kumar underlined the abiding relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s message in contemporary times in his speech, a press release from the Consulate said.

Indian Consul General in Chicago Amit Kumar and wife Surabhi Kumar paying homage to Gandhiji at the Gandhi Memorial in Skokie, Illinois. Photo: Indian Consulate in Chicago

The event was attended by a few members of the Consulate and the Indian community including some board members of Gandhi Memorial Foundation.

Gandhiji’s favorite bhajans, Vaishnav Janato and Raghupati Raghav Rajaram were led by Foundation Director Bharti Desai.  Everyone present joined in the singing of these bhajans.

Dr. Sriram Sonty, vice-president, Gandhi Memorial Foundation, Chicago, and a well known Gandhi scholar, narrated the last few minutes of Mahatma Gandhiji’s life on Friday, January 30, 1948, and shared his core teachings.

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