New York Indian Consulate commemorates Mahatma Gandhi’s 73rd death anniversary

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India’s Consul General in New York and a limited number of guests attended the Jan. 30, 2021, commemoration of Gandhiji’s 73rd death anniversary observing Covid protocols. Many joined online. Photo: courtesy, Indian Consulate in New York.

The Consulate General of India, New York in collaboration with various organizations observed the 73rd Punyatithi of Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday, January 30th 2021, at the Consulate and in  online events.

Consulate General of India and Gandhian Society USA hosted a prayer meeting and paid homage to the Father of the Nation on Jan. 30 morning at the Consulate premises.

Following social distance protocol, limited guests were invited to the Consulate. A number of people joined online.

Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite Bhajans (hymns) were sung on the occasion.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, joined the Jan. 30, 2021, Gandhi Punyatithi hosted by the Consulate of India in New York jointly with Gandhian Society USA. Photo: courtesy Indian Consulate in New York

Eric Adams (Brooklyn Borough President), Ela Gandhi (Granddaughter of Gandhiji), Upendra Chivukula (Commissioner NJ Board of Public Utilities), Arun Gandhi (Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi), and other dignitaries remembered the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

Consul General Randhir Jaiswal in his remarks, noted that a number of leaders around the world including in the United States, were inspired by Gandhiji’s message of peace and non-violence.

He specifically highlighted how Martin Luther King Jr followed the path of non-violence preached by Mahatma Gandhi and the impact both leaders had on John Lewis, late member of Congress and civil rights leader who died recently.

The second event was held the same day from 03:00 –04:00 pm in collaboration with Shanti Fund.

Several people joined the commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 73red death anniversary Jan. 30, 2021, online, in events held by the Indian Consulate in New York jointly with other community organizations like Gandhi Society USA and Shanti Fund. Among the dignitaries who joined, some online and a limited number in person, were Ela Gandhi, Gandhiji’s granddaughter, Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Upendra Chivukula, commissionaer NJ Board of Public Utilities. Photo: courtesy Indian Consulate in New York

Representatives of different faiths held an inter-faith prayer meeting to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. They sang devotional songs, hymns and faith prayers to celebrate the Mahatma’s belief in universal brotherhood and harmony.

India’s Consul General in New York Randhir Jaiswal speaking at the Jan. 30, 2021, commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 73rd death anniversary. Photo courtesy Indian Consulate in New York.

Council of Heritage and Arts of India, Inc. (CHAI)organized an event to observe Gandhiji’s Punyatithi. The event was conducted virtually. Consul General Jaiswal was the Chief Guest.

He spoke about the ever-increasing relevance and increasing importance of Gandhiji’s message in the contemporary world.

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