Gandhi Memorial Lectures 2011 - Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
INDIASE – November 2011

More than 400 guests including diplomats, lawyers, academics, fine arts practioners, entrepreneurs, government officials, opposition party members and the media packed the Banquet Hall of the Royal Lake Club in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on October 3 (a day after the actual event as that fell on a Sunday). This was in recognition of the fact that October 2 has been declared as the International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations. The High Commission of India and the Gandhi Memorial Trust (GMT) jointly hosted the event. 

The evening began with the lighting of the tranditional lamp in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by the Indian High Commissioner H.E. Vijay Gokhale, the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia H.E. Kamal Malhotra and GMT chairman S. Radhakrishnan.

This was followed by the official launch, where Gokhale, Malhotra and the immediate past president, Dato Mahadev Shankar, gave brief speeches. 

The highlight of the evening was the Gandhi Memorial Lectures delivered by two eminent speakers – 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 a notable newspaper columnist. This session was chaired by Datuk Dr Yeoh Poh Hong, the former president of the Malaysian Medical Association.

On behalf of GMT, Mahadev also presented the Public Service Award to the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA), along with RM50,000, which was received by TFA vice president Thillai Raj.