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AHIMSA- NONVIOLENCE- DAY celebrated in La Palma City
Los Angeles, Oct. 05, 2009
Prof. Keshav Patel
The Birthday of MAHATMA GANDHIJI was celebrated on October 2, 2009,
Friday at Community Hall of La Palma city, California. The International
AHIMSA- NON VIOLENCE- DAY was also declared by UNO.
The event was organized by Prof. Keshav Patel for southern California
Iandian American Community the united group of non profit Indian
organizations, UFICA,Amrit Bhandari of FFICS & Lions Club, Dilip
Bautani, & Prakash Pancholi of FIA SC, Ravjibhai Patel of FIA
LA, Uka Solanki Trustee of IASH & businessman, Tony Parmar of
IASHA, Ramji Patel –PSP of America, Ramesh Raval -Giyatri
Parivar. These nonprofit organizations worked together and supported
each other as a support to the root cause of main principles of
nonviolence and peaceful movement Mahatma Gandhi had adopted in
his action for achieving independence of India.
The guests and dignitaries present for event were Mr. Mark Waldman,
the Mayor of La Palma city, Dr. Prakash Narian, Mayor pro team of
Cypress city, La Palma city councilmen Mr. Larry Herman and Mr.
Ralph, Representative of the chief of police, Veterns of WWII,(American
Navy).Over and above Indian & Americans, several persons origin
of Pakistan, China, Korea, and Hawaii attended the function which
shows love for Gandhiji and affinity for Ahimsa- Non-Violence.
Mr.Dilip Butani and Amrit Bhandari worked hard With Prof. Patel
in organizing event.
Mr. Uka Solanki presided over the function.
The event started in joyous environment with national song ”Vande
Mataram…” and Gandhiji’s favorable prayer “Vaishnav
Jan to Tene Kahie…”sung by shri Arvind Joshi, followed
a welcome speech by Prof. Keshav Patel. After welcoming every guest
and all communities present to support the event, he said that we
are proud of that UNO has taken right decision in declaring October
2nd, Mahatma Gandhiji’s birthday as the AHIMSA-NON VIOLENCE-
DAY as first step towards “ WORLD PEACE’. It is right
assessment of AHIMSA –Nonviolence. There will be no War in
future if political leaders of different countries accept his principles.
Mr. Mayor La Palma city praised Mahatma Gandhiji’s simplicity,
high thinking power, principles of non-violence and peace.He added
if he were alive he would have given the solution of terrorism the
world is suffering from.
Dr. Prakash Narian, Mayor pro team of Cypress city narrated Gandhiji’s
experiences in South Africa where he learnt lessons of Satyagrah.
He also explained the meaning of Satyagrah-the peaceful way of hesitation
against injustice he suffered in South Africa.
Councilman Mr. Herman praised Mahatma Gandhiji as a Great leader
not only of India but also of the World. Dr.Martin Luther King jr.,
Mr. Nelson Mandela of South Africa learnt from Mahatma and believed
him as their GURU-Teacher.
Councilman Mr. Ralph praised Mahatma for his principles of non-violence
and peace. He
was such a smart leader that he could keep different communities
together even during tough time for independence of India,
Mr. Ravajibhai‘s father worked with Gandhiji and had been
to jail several time during satyagrah movement in India.Mr. Ravji
Patel, Amrit Bhandari, Mr. Dilip Butani and Mr. Prakash Pancholi
and Rashmi Shah of Gandhi-katha talked about Mahatma Gandhiji’s
simplicity, honesty, truth values of life, ahimsa-non violence and
hard work without rest for independence of India. Now it is our
time to work for the India and America.
To our Surprise two elementary grade students (1) Mr. Shubh Anand
Raval of 3rd grade and (2) Miss Mili Gautam Nadasia of 4th grade
got inspiration to talk about Gandhiji. Mili said that” Mahatma
Gandhi is the Father of INDIA because of his kindness, love &
work for freedom of India. He taught Indians a lifetime lesson of
non-violence. Thus they expressed their views very smartly. Audience
praised the young speakers.
The Senator Ed. Royce congratulated Prof. Patel by telephone on
Thursday for organizing the event and wished organizers a success.
He personally met Mr. Patel on Saturday and greeted him for taking
a lead to organize Ahimsa Non-Violence Day.
Mr. Arvind Joshi sang National song ‘Vande Mataram….”and
Gandhiji’s favorable prayer “ Vaishnav Jan To ten kahie…”It
was explained in English version by Prakash Pancholi. Mr. Nauzad
Sadary, Smt. Sheela Bhandari, Smt. Veena Singh, Subhashbhai and
Dr.Dhamecha, professional singers sang several bhajans and national
songs in the beginning and after speeches of guests, made audience
very happy with their melodious voices.
The event ended with Indian National Anthem “Jan Man Gan…”
and slogan JAY HIND.