The Netherlands witnessed six events in four cities as part of activities to mark the launch of the two-year long celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. These events included a ‘Gandhi March’ from the iconic Peace Palace of The Hague to Grote Kerk on September 30, 2018 (Sunday) with participation of people of all nationalities and around twenty Ambassadors of different countries. Well-known spiritual guru from India ‘Sri M’; Ms. Kavita Parbhudayal, Deputy Mayor of The Hague, Ambassador of India to the Netherlands, Venu Rajamony and Ambassadors of the US, Indonesia and Afghanistan addressed the marchers. The Gandhi March concluded with multinational cultural performances highlighting the message of non-violence and a special exhibition mounted on a Khadi Scroll (curated by Pramod Kapoor of Roli Books, India).
On October 2, the International Day of Non-Violence, five events were held in the four cities of The Hague, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Zoetermeer. Gandhi statues in the cities were garlanded and the public invited to place flowers at the feet of the statue as a mark of respect amidst speeches, singing of favourite songs of Mahatma Gandhi and cultural programmes. Special commemorative stamps issued by the Indian Postal Department were released in the Peace Palace and a meeting held within the Peace Palace complex to discuss the relevance and importance of Mahatma Gandhi to the challenges of the modern world.
October 9, 2018
Ambassador of India to The Netherlands