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Mahatma Gandhi 150th birthday event

Mahatma Gandhi 150th birthday event
India Cultural Garden, Cleveland
October 2, 2019

The Federation of Indian Community Associations (FICA) hosted a celebration on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi in the India Cultural Garden in Cleveland on October 2, 2019. Though it was raining steadily, many people assembled to honor Gandhi in the Garden.

Gandhi statue in Cleveland India Cultural Garden

Gandhi statue in Cleveland India Cultural Garden


Ritu Mahna, President of FICA, wrote "Mahatma Gandhi, by name of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, (born October 2, 1869, Porbandar, India, died January 30, 1948, Delhi). He was an Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India. Gandhiji taught the world to acquire freedom and establish peace by following the path of truth and non-violence. In the eyes of millions of his fellow Indians, Gandhi was the Mahatma (Great Soul). He lead the freedom movements of India alongside many freedom fighters. Gandhiji practiced acts of civil disobedience, these protests now act as a precedent for people fighting for injustice every day.

Gandhi's approach directly influenced Martin Luther King, Jr., who argued that the Gandhian philosophy was "the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom". The Dandi march brought new hope in the minds of thousands of Indians. Gandhi declared resistance to British salt policies and became the torchbearer of "satyagraha, or mass civil disobedience". He earned a place of love and trust in every Indian's heart and is till the day the Father of our Nation.

Vande Mataram!"

As Paramjit Singh has noted, Cleveland is the only city in the world with a large statue of Gandhi on a street named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..

Gandhi statue in Cleveland India Cultural Garden

The event began with the singing of the national anthems of India and the United Stated led by Tanmayee Dixit, Harsha Rane Tanmayee and Swati Sathe.

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Tanmayee Dixit, Harsha Rane Tanmayee and Swati Sathe

Harsha Rane, Tanmayee Dixit and Swati Sathe


Tanmayee Dixit, Harsha Rane Tanmayee and Swati Sathe then sang Vaishnava Jana To, one of the most popular Hindu bhajans, written in the 15th century by the poet Narsinh Mehta in the Gujarati language. The bhajan was included in Mahatma Gandhi's daily prayer.



FICA Chair Sudarshan Sathe told some stories of how Mahatma Gandhi and his non-violence approach won over the public opinion of not only India but also Great Britain and led to the political defeat of Winston Churchill.



Sudarshan Sathe

Sudarshan Sathe


The FICA Executive Committee led by Chair Sudarshan Sathe placed a wreath at the statue of Gandhi.



FICA Executive Committee led by Chair Sudarshan Sathe placed a wreath at the statue of Gandhi

FICA Executive Committee led by Chair Sudarshan Sathe placed a wreath at the statue of Gandhi

Dr. Yudhishthir Trivedi spoke about Gandhi in Hindi.



Dr. Yudhishthir Trivedi

Dr. Yudhishthir Trivedi


The assembled crowd huddled under a tent in the driving rain to pose for a group photo.



FICA group honors Gandhi

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Enjoy these other images from the Gandhi 150th birth celebration.

Ritu Mahna, FICA President

Ritu Mahna, FICA President


Kalpesh Shah, India Garden Delegate

Kalpesh Shah, India Garden Delegate


Ritu Mahna thanks the Bafna family for their contributions to the Ganhi School

Ritu Mahna thanks the Bafna family
for their contributions to the Gandhi School


FICA Executive Committee

FICA Executive Committee


FICA EC member

FICA EC member


Posing with the statue of Gandhi

Posing with the statue of Gandhi


Posing with the statue of Gandhi


Posing with the statue of Gandhi


Posing with the statue of Gandhi


Posing with the statue of Gandhi


Posing with the statue of Gandhi


Posing with the statue of Gandhi


Posing with the statue of Gandhi


FICA Executive Committee

FICA Executive Committee



Gandhi statue with wreath

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