The Indian Government has committed to sustain peaceful coexistence and mutual respect between the people of India and Malawi, saying when humanity prevails, there is no segregation based on nationality.
In a statement celebrating 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian High Commissioner Shri Gopalakrishnan said Ghandi’s non-violent principles and messages still apply in the modern set-up which calls for peace and mutual respect among humanity.
He said: “As we celebrate the 152 years anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, India commits to stand with Malawi in its socioeconomic development.
“Ghandi fought for the socioeconomic development of India, as well as Asian and African countries, in the same vein we commit to supporting sustainable economic development of Malawi.”
Gopalakrishnan said Ghandi was a messenger of peace and non-violent and through his multifaceted contribution.
The United Nations in June 2007 declared Ghandi’s birthday as the International Day of Non-Violence; hence, the celebration.
In an interview yesterday, political analyst Nandini Patel said the current generation has so much to learn from Ghandi’s philosophy.
She said: “We need to give peace a chance. We need to dialogue more and we need to develop mutual respect and understanding.”
Born on October 2 1869 as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, he was an Indian politician and social activist who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India.
Internationally, Ghandi, who died on January 30 1948, is esteemed for his doctrine of non-violent protest to achieve political and social progress.