The Indian community in Ghana commemorated the 152nd birthday of Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi, former leader of the Indian Independence Campaign, with a peace march in Accra to signify Gandhi’s peaceful nature.
The march, dubbed “Gandhi Jayanti 2021”, marks the International Day of Nonviolence established by the United Nations to celebrate the virtues of tolerance and solidarity exhibited by the former leader, which had a violent end.
Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist, who used nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule and in turn inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the world.
The march culminated at the Ghanaian-Indian Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT, where wreaths were laid under the statue of the leader.
Mr. Sugandh Rajaram, High Commissioner of India to Ghana, said the day was important and offered lessons on peaceful coexistence among humanity.
He stated that Gandhi was a supporter of peaceful living and togetherness, as such the day should help to incorporate these virtues into daily life.
“Today is an important day for humanity. The Mahatma deserves to be celebrated because of his values and his service to humanity, ”he said.
Mr. Rajaram said virtues are important today, as in the past, to make the world a better place to live.
Dr Collins Yeboah-Afari, Managing Director of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT, praised Gandhi’s virtues, “It should inspire us to always do the right thing. “
He said Ghana also joined the world in celebrating Gandhi and his virtues of peace and unity to show mutual friendship and partnership between Ghana and India.
He said India had supported Ghana in several ways, including the establishment of the Center, which was at the forefront of ICT innovation in the country.