On Tuesday morning in front of the iconic Peace Palace, special commemorative stamps marking the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi birth issued by the Indian Postal Department were presented by Ambassador of India to the Netherlands. The stamps were accepted by H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony, former Foreign Minister and Chairman of Carnegie Foundation, Dr. Bernard R. Bot and Director General Carnegie Foundation Erik de Baedts.
A large gathering of members of the Indian diaspora and friends of India attended the event.
Ambassador Venu Rajamony, members of the Indian community, friends of India also participated in a function at the Gandhi statue in The Hague. Ambassador Venu Rajamony garlanded the statue and members of the gathering placed flowers at the feet of the statue as a mark of respect amidst speeches and singing of Mahatma Gandhi favourite songs.
Similar functions to mark Gandhi@150 were also held at Gandhi statues in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Zoetermeer.
An outreach programme called “Follow the Mahatma” is being conducted by the Indian Embassy between October 1-5, inwhich over 100 volunteers fan out to around 20 school in the Netherlands to spread the message of non-violence and educate students about life of Mahatma Gandhi. Also books on Mahatma Gandhi are given to the schools.
Ambassador Venu Rajamony visited the Indonesian school in The Hague as part of the program and spoke to students about the life and relevance of Mahatma Gandhi.
A social media campaign with the hashtag #FollowTheMahatma is also taking place inviting people to post messages reiterating their commitment to the principle of non-violence.