NRIs pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 61st death anniversary
Mahatma Gandhi Punya Tithi
Los Angeles, Jan 31, 2009
By Dilip Butani
For the first time ever, a prayer meeting was organized, on the
occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s Punya Tithi, on January 30, 2009
at the La Palma City Park. The meeting was organized by Prof. Keshav
Patel on behalf of La Palma Senior Community and Dilip Butani and
Prakash Pancholi on behalf of FIA of Southern California.
Mr. Mark Waldman, Honorable Mayor of the City of La Palma presided.
Speaking on the occasion the Mayor praised Mahatma Gandhi as a great
of leader of India and spoke on Bapuji’s principles of non-
violence and peace. As per the Mayor if Gandhiji was alive today,
he could have given the world a solution against terrorism.
The program started with the Pledge of Allegiance and Indian National
Anthem. Prakash Pancholi, who emceed the program, welcomed the guests.
Prof. Keshav Patel in his speech said ‘ we love Mahatma Gandhiji
not only as the father of India but also for his principles of nonviolence.
He lived a simple life. Even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. followed
principles of Mahatma Gandhi for his of civil rights movement.
Gandhiji’s favorite bhajans ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja
Ram’ and ‘Vaishnava Jana To’ were also sung on
the occasion. The singers included Hetal Rawal, Zeal Nadasia, Kirti
Dave and Dwarkadas Patel with Vijay Joshi on tabla. . Prakash and
Ramesh Bhatt explained the meaning of the bhajans to the audience.
Local dignitaries Mr. Paul and Mr. Haung also spoke and praised
Community leaders Devna Shah, Kiki-Urmila Purohit, Atul Ghadiali,
Sunil Kansara and Ramesh Rawal were present on the occasion. Ramji
Patel thanked the audience.
A two-minute silence was observed at 11:00 sharp, as per the tradition
followed in India.
Gandhi on 61st death anniversary
The Hon'ble Mayor of City of
La Palma will also be present.
Angeles, Jan 29, 2009
61st Anniversary Of
January 30, 2009
From 10:15 AM To 11:15 AM
La Palma City Park
7921 Walker Street, La Palma, CA 90623
For more information-please contact: Prof Keshav Patel – 714-816-9102