Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (better known to the world as Mahatma Gandhi) is an Indian public figure and politician. He is one of the leaders and ideologists of Indian independence movement, the author of satyagraha philosophy (non-violent movement).
The name of Mahatma Gandhi is as revered in India as the names of saints. The spiritual leader of the nation (“the father of the nation” as he is called in his homeland) fought all his life against religious strife, tearing apart the Indian state, and against violence. However, in his declining years he fell victim to violence.
On October 2 this year marks 151 years since the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. A gala evening was timed to this date, which took place at the Belarusian State Medical University. It was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of India in the Republic of Belarus with the participation of the country's leading medical university and a member of the International Association of University Graduates, Director of Milemir company Sah Rama Shankar.
Especially for the event, a thematic exhibition of works by students of belarusian art educational institutions, which were created for the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, was prepared. Before the start of the celebration, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Republic of Belarus Sangeeta Bahadur, Deputy Head of the Asia, Australia and Oceania Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ruslan Varankov, Rector of the Belarusian State Medical University, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Sergey Rubnikovich, Vice-Rector for International relations, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Vasili Roudenok, Dean of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Victor Shadurski, Head of the International Association of University Graduates Alla Mayevskaya and other numerous guests got acquainted with the exhibition.
– “Future generations are unlikely to believe that a man of flesh and blood like Gandhi walked the Earth”. These words belong to the Nobel Prize laureate, world-renowned scientist Albert Einstein, - said Mrs. Sangeeta Bahadur, opening the official part of the holiday. – Mahatma Gandhi – A man with a capital letter who changed the universe. In his philosophy, he followed the ancient Indian principle of “Ahisma” (is an ancient Indian principle of nonviolence which applies to all living beings). It should be noted that Gandhi made a certain contribution to medicine, economics, nature conservation, and other spheres of society. Moreover, what he claimed more than a decade ago is still relevant today.
– The Belarusian State Medical University and the Indian Embassy in Belarus are linked by the bonds of fruitful cooperation, which are becoming stronger every year, emphasized Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Sergey Rubnikovich. - Now almost 250 Indian students study at our educational institution. And soon this number should increase. I am sure that, returning home as graduates, these young men and women will take a piece of Belarus, its hospitality and sincerity.
Today we are glad to host the participants of such an important event, who, having gathered together, want to show how modern the principles of relations (respect, understanding, gratitude, acceptance) are, which the great Indian public and political figure Mahatma Gandhi once spoke about.
According to the Deputy Head of the Asia, Australia and Oceania Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, “the philosophy of the political leader of the Indian nation, one of the most significant humanists of the twentieth century, Mahatma Gandhi, has universal value. Its postulates, which are based on justice, openness, compassion, humanity, have always been the basis of international relations”.
– In our relations with India, we also adhere to them. And we are even moving forward, as evidenced by the level of Belarusian-Indian cooperation in various fields. I wish everyone present to strive to comply with the principles that guided the man of the world Mahatma Gandhi, - said Ruslan Varankov.
When the festive speeches were heard, the evening was continued by a concert program, in which the creative teams of the Belarusian State Medical University and the Belarusian State University performed and won the applause of the grateful audience.
The celebration ended with the ceremony of awards to the winners of creative works competition dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, as well as Belarusians who made a significant contribution to the development of friendly relations between the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of India.
Author: Oksana Kurbeko, spokesperson.
Photo is provided by the Embassy of the Republic of India in the Republic of Belarus.
Translation: Anastasiya Karnacheva.