News Center –TDO- India’s Ambassador to Turkey Sanjay hosted a reception at India Embassy on the purpose of celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of the Indian Independence Movement.

Çetin Akar, representing the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ankara University Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Korhan Kaya, representatives of the diplomatic mission and many other guests attended the reception.

The event started with a video presentation of Mahatma Gandhi's life.

In his opening speech, Ambassador Bhattacharyya said that the people of India described Gandhi as "the father of the nation".

Ambassador Bhattacharyya also said,: “Gandhi, known as the person who fought for the independence of his country around the World, was the "leader of the struggle for freedom" for the people of India. Gandhi's anti-violence and anti-violence ideas were based on "nonviolent struggle".”

Ambassador Bhattacharyya: “Mahatma Gandhi's dream changed the destiny of an entire nation and influenced others. Martin Luther King was a student of Mahatma Gandhi and also Nelson Mandela was inspired by him.”  

Ministry of Culture and Tourism Representative Çetin Akar also made a speech at the reception. He said:  “

This year, has been a productive year for Turkish-Indian relations. We had the pleasure of introducing Indian culture to Turkish citizens in different cities in our country. Similarly, we introduced our culture to the Indian people through demonstrations by Turkish artists in various cities of India.

These days, we have started to organize next year’s activities in cooperation with the Indian Embassy.

I would like to express my gratitude to India for bringing this opportunity to world history as an important figure like Mahatma Gandhi and I am proud to commemorate him with you here.”

Mahatma Gandhi lecture was given by Prof. Korhan Kaya with the topic of “Indian Literature: Impacts and Exchanges”.  Head of Indology Department Prof. Korhan Kaya pioneered many students, scientists and researchers. He also made a significant contribution to the translation of ancient Indian literature and texts into Turkish.

India has been planning to maintain the commemorating programme for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi throughout the 2018 with meeting related governments.

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