Gandhi’s life celebrated

2017-10-11 06:02
People walk to the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station in celebration of Gandhi's life.PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

People walk to the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station in celebration of Gandhi's life.PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

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THE annual peace walk to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s life was held on Sunday from Freedom Square to the PMB Railway Station.

The walk formed part of Ghandi’s 148th birthday celebrations and was attended by Consul General of India in Durban, Doctor Shashank Vikram, who said it is important that people celebrate Gandhi’s life.

“I get very emotional when I come to the station. Celebrating­ this day is also to remind ourselves of how our great people, like Gandhi, contributed in our communities and the country.

“We need this celebration for ourselves. Gandi is not here anymore, but he played his role. We need each other to make this event successful. It requires commitment and hard work in taking a message to young people who join us every year,” he said.

David Gengan, chairperson of the Gandhi Memorial Committee who hosted the event, said they were pleased with the turn out.

“We are glad that different people came because Gandhi was a universal person who belongs to everybody.

“The lessons that people can learn from him are valid for everybody especially in a society today that has turned violent.

“We want people to continue and follow in Gandhi's footsteps because he was against violence. Each of us can play our part in changing society. We need to show love and act in a non-violent manner.”

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