Celebrations of 150 Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Budapest

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In the first ever event  organized by  any Embassy  in the magnificent Hungarian Parliament’s prestigious Széll Kálman Hall, the Embassy  of India celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi  on October, 2. 2018.

Speaker of Hungarian National Assembly, Mr. Laszló Köver, Mr. Peter Cseresnyés, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs,   and  Members of the Hungarian Parliament participated in the event.  Celebrations started with paying of floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s bust by Speaker, Ambassador and other dignitaries.  On the spot was sang Gujarati Bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan toh’ sung by Ms. Maga Jennifer, a prominent singer of Hungary.   Ambassador greeted the Speaker with a Kashmiri shawl and presented him a replica of Gandhiji’s Charkha.   Commemorative stamps on Mahatma Gandhi were released by Ambassador, Speaker and other dignitaries.

The Ambassador in his speech thanked  Speaker and Mr. Cseresnyés for arranging the event in the Hungarian Parliament and reiterated the  relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s  principles of truth and non-violence in the present world.  Speaker in his speech paid glowing tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and exhorted Hungarians and other world leaders to  follow the values of Mahatma Gandhi.  He specifically mentioned the  celebrations of 70th anniversary  of Indo-Hungarian Diplomatic relations in Budapest in November  this year and said that it would be a milestone in Indo-Hungarian relations.

Inauguration was followed by a  very special Chair Yoga session for  the   Members of the Parliament, by Yoga Teacher of the Embassy, which was fully packed.  The session for MPs, included simple yet effective Yogic techniques which would help them in managing their stressful schedules. Yoga mats, Yoga t-shirts and books on Mahatma Gandhi were presented to the dignitaries.

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