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Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations at UNSW

October 6, 2017
Contributor - Harmohan Singh Walia

Harmohan Singh Walia or Harry Walia as he is popularly known was an Olympic Torchbearer in Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana in 1973 and post graduated as an Industrial Engineer from Thaper University Patiala in 1987.

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Gandhi Jayanti is a national festival celebrated in India every year on 2nd Oct to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who is unofficially called the ‘Father of the Nation”

Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated in Sydney with full enthusiasm at the library lawns of the University of NSW on 2nd October 2017 near the bust of Mahatma Gandhi.

Around 100 guests attended the Gandhi Jayanti celebration where rich tributes were paid to the Mahatma. United Nations’ (UN) international Day of Non-Violence is also held on 2nd October each year to coincide with Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

 

Pro Vice-Chancellor International, UNSW Sydney

 

 

Dr. Neville Roach AO, Patron of the Australia India Institute, UNSW Australia commenced the program by welcoming all the guests, reflecting on Gandhi’s struggle for freedom and appreciating the university for installing the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Laurie Pearcey, Pro Vice-Chancellor International, UNSW Sydney also welcomed the guests to UNSW on the occasion of remembering the Mahatma.

 

Dr. Neville Roach AO

 

 

Lighting of the lamp and garlanding of the Gandhi Bust were performed by the Consul General Shri B. Vanlal Vawna and Laurie Pearcey, Pro Vice-Chancellor, UNSW Sydney.

Dr Nevil Roach and Consul General Shri B. Vanlal Vawna

 

 

Hymn “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” was led by Aradhna Bhatt of Radio Sur Samvad. Hymn “Hari tum haro” was led by Dr. Usha Sridhar and “Ekla Cholo Re” by Professor Sri Bandhopadhya, UNSW Australia in their melodious voices. The students of the Hindi School, Thornleigh re-created the Salt (Dandi) March that was organised by Ms Mala Mehta OAM. All the guests followed the Salt (Dandi) March.

Vote of thanks was performed by the Consul General Shri B. Vanlal Vawna followed by the light refreshments.

 

 

The bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi was presented by Mr Amit Dasgupta on behalf of the Government of India and was unveiled on the lawns of the library of University of NSW on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Wattle Day on 1st September 2010.