MUSCAT – The Embassy of India, in collaboration with the Raja Yoga Center for Self-Development, organized a well-attended event to celebrate the 154th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the United Nations International Day of Non-Violence on October 2nd, 2023. The event witnessed a gathering of over 300 participants, including esteemed resident Ambassadors, Indian community and friends of India in Oman.
Her Highness Basma Al Said graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, adding to the event’s significance with her esteemed presence. Her Highness delivered an enlightening address, underscoring the paramount significance of peace and non-violence in fostering global harmony and understanding.
Ambassador Amit Narang delivered an inspiring speech shedding light on Mahatma Gandhi’s timeless message and its profound relevance in contemporary society. Ambassador invoked Gandhiji’s favorite hymn, “Vaishnava Jan,” highlighting its message of empathy as a call for human goodness. He urged rekindling Gandhi’s humane globalism in our hearts and rediscovering the essence of “Vaishnav Jan” within ourselves.
Sister B.K. Maureen, Programme Director for the Brahma Kumaris, UK, and Brahma Kumaris representative at the United Nations, Vienna, delivered the keynote address, immersing attendees in a contemplative experience. Her address reiterated the significance of inner peace in building a harmonious world.
The event also featured performances by students of the Indian School Darsait and Seeb, who enthralled the audience with classical dances on the famous bhajan “Vaishnav Jan” and a skit on the theme of peace. These performances resonated with the core values of Mahatma Gandhi and the International Day of Non-Violence.