DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration today organised a brief function at the Kashag Secretariat to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, the 146th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Indian freedom struggle. The function was attended by Kalons and Secretaries of the various departments of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Gandhi Jayanti or 2 October is also marked as the International Day of Non-violence as per a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly on 15 June 2007.
Kalon Pema Chhinjor, officiating as the Sikyong, hoisted the Indian national flag in front of the Kashag building and offered a Tibetan ceremonial scarf to a portrait of the Mahatma as a tribute to his non-violent and peaceful methods of freedom struggle.
Speaking to reporters after the flag hoisting, Kalon Pema Chhinjor said, “On this auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, we offer our profound reverence to Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji was a great person born in this great nation. He has shown the world ahimsa, the path to a peaceful freedom movement and the world today greatly appreciates it.”
He also said that the Middle Way Approach of the Central Tibetan Administration is similar to Gandhiji’s ahimsa movement because of its peaceful and re-conciliatory spirit. Therefore, as tribute to Gandhiji, Kalon rededicated the Tibetan movement to Ahimsa and Gandhiji’s peaceful and non-violent pursuit of freedom.
Employing non-violence and peaceful agitations against the British Raj, Gandhiji has led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi was born in Porbandar, Gujarat on 2 October 1869.