Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the state-of-the-art Dandi Kutir, a museum on the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat’s capital of Gandhinagar, on the occasion of the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD). Modi, accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and other state ministers, took a round of the museum and saw each and every aspect of Gandhi’s life portrayed in the form of sculptures in the ‘salt-mound’ at Mahatma Mandir.
“The Prime Minister is viewing the exhibits at Dandi Kutir in Gandhinagar,” said a message on PMO India’s twitter account. Modi also saw a 3D short film on the life events of Gandhi and later penned his thoughts in the visitor-book here.
“Mahatma Gandhi – a global citizen, identity of an era. A legacy of human-centric development. A source of an unending power of the unfailing weapon of non-violence,” Modi wrote.
“Dandi Kutir. It’s a pleasant feeling when the dream of creating a source of inspiration from Gandhi’s life to the young-generation through modern science and technology is coming true. It would be satisfactory doing work of human welfare if the life of pujya (respected) Bapu will inspire the future generation,” added Modi.
“This has become the memory of 100th year of Pujya Bapu’s return to India. At this moment, I salute Pujya Bapu’s life, his life-message and his life full of actions,” the PM wrote. The sculptures on Gandhi depict his childhood, early life, his return to India and his role in the country’s freedom struggle. ‘Dandi Kutir’ is located inside a 41-metre high salt-mound as a symbol of Gandhi’s famous Dandi march against the salt tax provisions imposed by the British regime in March 1930. State Chief Minister Anandiben Patel said that this is the biggest permanent museum in the world based on life of one person (Mahatma Gandhi). The 13th edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) is marking the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa.
Coins, stamps released to mark 100 yrs of Gandhiji’s return
Coins and stamps showing in the same frame pictures of a young Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and another of his transformation into Mahatma Gandhi were here released to commemorate the centenary year of his return to India from South Africa in 1915. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released the coins and stamps at the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) function. The coins are of denomination of Rs 100 and Rs 10, while the stamps are of value of Rs 25 and Rs 5.
The coins and stamps shows two pictures of Gandhi, one when he was a young barrister and another one after he came to be known as ‘Mahatma’ by people across the globe. Gandhi returned to India in 1915 after his 21 years of stay in South Africa. PBD convention is being held for the first time in Gandhi’s home state to mark 100 years of his return.
Sushma for “mutually rewarding” ties with Indian diaspora
Describing Indian diaspora as “successful, prosperous and politically influential”, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today called for a “mutually rewarding” partnership with it in developing the country.
“We welcome each of you–entrepreneurs, investors and professionals from the diaspora to participate in our endeavour to develop our motherland and restore its past glory. I promise it will be mutually rewarding and satisfying partnership,” she told a gathering of expatriates at the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas.
Swaraj said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who formally inaugurated the government’s annual outreach event for overseas Indians today, had taken a lead in engaging deeply with them.
“A successful, prosperous and politically influential diaspora is as much an asset to India as a strong and self-reliant India would be a source of inspiration for the diaspora,” she added. The minister said overseas Indians had grown as a confident community of over 25 million people in the past couple of decades.