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The Gandhi International Institute for Peace will host a virtual program to commemorate the 153rd birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on Sunday October 2, 2022. The program will be presented as a free webinar, broadcast from Hawaii on that day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. HST, and shared around the world.


Mahatma Gandhi, born in 1869, led India to its independence from British colonial rule by employing non-violent civil disobedience, inspiring subsequent movements for civil rights and the cause around the world. For his work, he was given the name "Mahatma," which is Sanskrit for "great-soul" and "venerable. He is considered the “Father of the Nation” in India, where his birthday is a national holiday. The gentle grandfather of non-violent protest, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January, 1948 and the entire world wept.

This webinar will feature a spiritual invocation, music and dance. There will also be brief addresses by a variety of international and Hawaii based advocates of non-violent solutions to conflict, including the socio-political peace activists and the keynote speakers Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Diane Jammpolski.  Other speakers include Maya Soetoro-NG from Hawaii, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar from California, Dr. David Frawley from New Mexico, Dr. Sundar Arora from Canada, Professor, Veena Howard from Fresno, Judith Jenya Esq. from Mexico, Prasad Thotakura from North Texas and Kumu Gupta from Massachusetts. Prayers for world peace will be performed by interfaith leaders of Hawaii.  Indian dance will be performed by Willow Chang from Bollywood Hawaii and peace music will be presented by Nimo Patel from Empty Hands Music.

Dr. Raj Kumar, founder of Gandhi International Institute for Peace will do the opening remarks and Mr. Harendra Panalal will do the closing remarks in the program.


To sign up and watch this free program, visit: http://www.gandhiday.com.


This event is part of the continuing efforts of the Hawaii-born the Gandhi International Institute for Peace (GIIP) to further the cause of peace and non-violence. It arose in response to the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Ever since, its members have been raising awareness about peace and nonviolence, hosting Arun Gandhi in 2011, who continues his grandfather's work as an advocate for world peace, and initiating the process that led to Hawaii Senate Bill, SB 332 establishing October 2 as “Mahatma Gandhi Day in Hawaii in 2015. GIIP will be celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday for the 17th consecutive year through this event. It has also supported the publication of two books: Gandhi’s Wisdom for You, published by GIIP in 2015 and also Children as Teachers of Peace and Aloha in 2018. Its most recent activity was hosting India’s Ambassador to United States His Excellency, Taranjit Singh Sandhu and his naval escort, who draped leis at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Waikiki in July 2022.

The GIIP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Hawaii. To learn more about GIIP and how to best support the organization’s work or to make a donation visit: http://www.gandhianpeace.org


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