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Gandhi Jayanti Celebration by Consul General of India Chicago


Participants with CG Amit Kumar


CHICAGO, IL-On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the Consul General of India Consul General Amit Kumar paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi statue in Memorial Park in Skokie at an event organized in collaboration with Gandhi Memorial Foundation.

Consul General Amit Kumar, Mayor of Skokie George Van Dusen and Illinois Senator Ram Villivalam addressed the participants.

The Consulate also organised a separate event at its own premises to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti, where Consul General Amit Kumar, Dr Bharat Barai, PBSA awardee addressed the participants. The event was live-streamed on Consulate’s Facebook page.

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Consul General Amit Kumar & Mrs. Surabhi Kumar

CG Kumar in his remarks at the two events recalled the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and its impact across the world including in the United States. He underlined the continuing relevance of Gandhi ji’s philosophy. Ensuring that our country moves forward on the path of all-inclusive, integrated, equitable, and sustainable development through our collective efforts would be a suitable way to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi as we celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. He also referred to several initiatives of the government such as Ayushmann Bharat scheme, Jandhan Yojana, Jal Jeevan Mission, digitization of land records COWIN platform, etc. to empower our citizens by promoting health equity, financial inclusion, social and digital empowerment.

The event also saw a recital of Bhajans in Hindi, Sanskrit, and Tamil by students of the Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam (trained by Ms. Margatham Sundaresan), Bharatanatyam performances by the students of Nrithyanjali (choreography by Ms. Sushmita Arunkumar) and saxophone (Carnatic music) by Ms. Anvita Hariharan. A short video on Gandhi Peace Program organized by the National Indo-American Museum (NIAM) was screened. A photo exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi contributed by Dr Sriram Sonty, a Gandhi Scholar, was also organized at the Consulate.

At the Skokie Event, The Gandhi Memorial Foundation presented a set of collected works of Mahatma Gandhi to the Skokie library. The Foundation also initiated a program involving high school children to promote an understanding of Mahatma Gandhi. Four High school students selected one of Gandhi Ji’s quotes and shared their understanding and the lessons that they drew from it.

The Consulate live-streamed virtual narration of Mahatma Gandhi’s Global Pursuit for Truth, Non-violence & Peace by Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna on Consulate’s Facebook page.

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