More than 250 prominent Australian and Indian leaders from the business, government and education sectors gathered at the Art Gallery of NSW on Wednesday night to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.
The impact of Gandhi’s ideas about peace and non-violence are still being felt today, not just in India and South Africa but around the world
The Gandhi Jayanti event featured a panel discussion centred on Gandhi’s statement, “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive”.
Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney said that, as a philosophy student, his thinking was shaped by a quotation from Gandhi: “My life is my message”.
“The impact of Gandhi’s ideas about peace and non-violence are still being felt today, not just in India and South Africa but around the world,“ Professor Ivison said.
Professor Ivison also welcomed the extension of the New Colombo Plan which will enable more Australian students to study in India.
Indian Consul General Sunjay Sudhir said Gandhi’s spirit and ideals had been embraced by Australia, but were sadly missing in areas of conflict throughout the world.
The celebration took place within the monumental artwork Public notice 2 by Jitish Kallat, which records Gandhi’s speech in Dandi on the eve of the salt march and featured a performance of Indian classical music.
The event was hosted by the University of Sydney and UNSW Australia with support from the Art Gallery of NSW and the Australia India Institute.
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