Madagascar – the world’s second-largest island located in Africa, was seen celebrating the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by the Embassy of India on October 2 in Antananarivo (capital of Madagascar).
It was attended by members of different Indian communities in Madagascar including Hindus, Khojas, Ismailis, Bohras, etc.
The event took off with remarks from Ambassador Abhay Kumar. He highlighted the various celebrations being undertaken by the Embassy under the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” to commemorate its 75 years of India’s Independence and said that it gave him immense pleasure to know that an inter-community sports competition is organized the very day. He further stated that promoting social harmony and inter-community brotherhood was an apt tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary.
Abhay Kumar further added that Mahatma Gandhi – the greatest pravasi bhartiya was born in Gujarat, and Madagascar has a strong Indian community with its roots in Gujarat.
He said that following Bapu’s words “Be the change you want to see in the world”, the Indian Embassy in Madagascar went fully solar a year ago on Gandhi Jayanti.
In the event, Bhajans like “Vaishnav Jan to” and “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” were sung by the members of the Indian community on this occasion -followed by paying floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Embassy of India building is also to be illuminated with the projection of Gandhiji image to mark the occasion.