Gandhi Memorial Lectures 2011

Gandhi Memorial Lectures 2011

The 142nd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi Held on 3rd October 2011
Publication: Royal Lake Club November/December 2011
Gandhi Memorial Lectures 2011

Malaysia joined the rest of the world in celebrating the 142nd anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi on 3rd October 2011. This important Day has been designated by the UN as the International Day of Non-Violence and celebrated each year on October 2. As October 2 this year falls on a Sunday Malaysians celebrated this event on Monday, 3rd October, 2011 at 5.00 p.m. at the Banquet Hall, Royal Lake Club, Kuala Lumpur.

The High Commission of India and the Gandhi Memorial Trust (GMT) jointly hosted this event to mark the 142nd anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.

The evening began with the lighting of the traditional lamp in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. This was performed by H.E. Mr. Vijay Gokhale, the High Commissioner of India, H.E. Mr. Kamal Malhotra, the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia and Mr. S. Radhakrishnan, the Chairman of the Gandhi Memorial Trust.

This was followed by the official launch of the event. The High Commissioner of India, H.E. Mr. Vijay Gokhale, the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, H.E. Mr. Kamal Malhotra and the Immediate Past Chairman of the Gandhi Memorial Trust, Dato Mahadev Shankar spoke at the official launch.

In the second segment of the evening’s programme the Gandhi Memorial Lectures were the highlight of this year’s celebrations. The lectures were delivered by Tan Sri Hasmy Agam, the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Board Member, Sisters in Islam and Newspaper Columnist. This session was chaired by Datuk Dr. Yeoh Poh Hong, Past President, Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).

The organisers presented tokens of appreciation to the two speakers and the Chairman.

A cheque for the sum of RM50,000-00 was presented by Dato M Shankar on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the GMT to the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA), which was received by its Vice President, Mr. Thillai Raj on behalf of TFA,

Dato M Shankar on behalf of the Trustees of the GMT also presented the Public Service Award to the Temple of Fine Arts, which was received by Mr. Thillai Raj on behalf of the TFA.

Following this there was a short musical performance by well known artists. Ms. Sveta Kilpady (Hindustani Vocal), Ms. Savithri Sreenivas (Violin) and Mr. Hemendra Shah (Tabla).

High Tea was served at the conclusion of the function. As Mahatma Gandhi was a vegetarian the high Tea consisted of strictly vegetarian dishes out of respect for Mahatma Gandhi as he was a strict vegetarian.

To commemorate this event, a photo exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi was held at the foyer of the banquet hall of the club.

More than 400 persons packed the banquet hall of the club to witness the above event. There were more than 25 Ambassadors / High Commissioners who attended the celebrations. Amongst the other VIP’s who attended this function was the President of the Senate, Ybhg Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang.