Consulate General of India


Press Release

    Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s 140th Birth Anniversary in Atlanta

Celebrations marking 140th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi were held in Atlanta on 11 October, 2009 by the Gandhi Foundation of USA (GFUSA) in cooperation with the King Center and other partner organizations. 

Mr. Sanjiv Arora, Consul General of India, Houston participated in these celebrations starting with a ceremony at which he garlanded Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, followed by a Peace March to the King Center in close vicinity where he offered floral tributes at the Crypts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  At the King Center, the participants visited the Gandhi Room before assembling in the Freedom Hall for a function at which the Consul General was the Keynote Speaker.  The occasion was also utilized to express sympathy and support for the victims of the recent natural disasters in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in India, and also in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Mr. Subash Razdan, Founding Chairman of GFUSA welcomed the Consul General, Mr. Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and CEO of the King Center, Dr. Jay Tribby, Chief of Staff of City Councilman Mr. Kwanza Hall and other participants who included, besides members of overseas Indian community, representatives of community fora from Indonesia and the Philippines

Mr. Isaac Newton Farris, Jr. highlighted the Gandhi-King connection that serves as a beacon of inspiration for humanity and the close partnership between the King Center and GFUSA.  In his Keynote address, Consul General paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He spoke of the inspiration derived by Dr. King from Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals and philosophy, and Dr. and Mrs. King’s historic voyage to India in March 1959.  He stressed that the Gandhi-King connection provides an over-arching and inspiring framework for India’s multi-faceted and growing ties and cooperation with the city of Atlanta, state of Georgia and the USA. 

Consul General Sanjiv Arora and GFUSA Chairman Subash Razdan with some other participants at a ceremony at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at the King Center in Atlanta

Consul General Sanjiv Arora offering floral tributes at the Crypts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King

Consul General Sanjiv Arora giving the Keynote Address at Mahatma Gandhi’s 140th Birth Anniversary celebrations at the King Center in Atlanta.