This year marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), the Father of the Nation who led a non-violent movement against the British Empire to achieve India’s Independence. His birthday on October 2 has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as the International Day of Non-Violence. The UNGA in 2007 called upon countries and people across the world to celebrate and observe this day by disseminating the message of non-violence, through education and public awareness.
An exhibition on the “Life and Message of Gandhi” which will be inaugurated by the Ambassador of India to the Netherlands H.E. Venu Rajamony.
Born in Gujrat in West India, he led the Indian Independence movement for three decades. The non–cooperation movement following the first World War, the Salt March of 1930 and countering the violence of partition through his pacifist and nonviolent means, have all been part of Gandhian legacy. The Exhibition is curated in Dutch by the Museum Voor Vrede en Geweldloosheid, Delft. The exhibition consists of several panels about Mahatma Gandhi’s life-long pursuit of a world that is more just. A convinced pacifists, he always promoted only non-violence protests leading India to independence from the British rule.
The emphasis in the exhibition is placed on who and what inspired Gandhi and it will highlight his protests, which were always non-violent.
Gandhi\s way of thinking and his way of life are still an example for people who actively seek peaceful solutions to conflicts.
It will walk through the important phases of Gandhi’s life and struggles from his birth till his ultimate sacrifice when he was assassinated for standing by his ideals of interreligious harmony and universal brotherhood. The exhibition will be displayed in the Atrium Den Haag from October 1 until October 7, 2019.