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A grand welcome of 'Gandhi'
Centenary of Gandhi's arrival to India from South Africa.
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"I appreciate your words replete with love and goodwill as your blessings for me...," barrister Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had said exactly one hundred years ago after his historic homecoming after spending 22 years in South Africa.
Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal along with other Gandhian institutions in Mumai and University of Mumbai organised a special programme to commemorate the Centenary of Gandhi's return to India on Friday, 9th January 2015.
A couple dressed as 'Gandhi' and his wife 'Kasturba' enacted the historical moment by alighting from a ferry boat and touched the Indian soil near Gateway of India.
There, they were ceremonially received by veteran freedom fighter G.G. Parikh, with Sunil Gokhale, the great-grandson of Gopal Krishna Gokhale and other dignitaries present.
As several hundred of students and people waited, the 'Gandhi couple' boarded a horse carriage and was taken in a procession with students cheering them, a band playing welcome tunes all the way to the Convocation Hall of University of Mumbai.
The programme was attended by the Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai along with many eminent citizens.
The importance of this occasion in the present context was explained at the meeting and a recorded video of Gandhiji was screened. Person dressed as ‘Gandhi’ addressed the audience and encourage students to follow the principles of truth and non-violence.
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