Thoughts on Gandhian philosophy shared

The Indian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam organised an event to conclude the two-year-long celebrations commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on September 27.

Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar opened the proceedings by sharing thoughts on Gandhian philosophy and introduced the two speakers who are experts on Gandhi.

He also shared some notable events organised by the high commission on Gandhi @150 in the last two years including the rendition of Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan ‘Vaishnava Jana Toh’ by renowned Bruneian singer Fakhrul Razi; Publication of an article by Bruneian conservationist Eyad Samhan Nyawa on What Gandhi Means to Me for the Gandhi Anthology compiled by the Ministry of External Affairs; a Vegetarian Food Festival accompanied with a sapling planting event at the India House; a cultural programme themed on Gandhi by the Bandar Seri Begawan Indian Association (BSBIA) and the release of a brochure on Gandhi; the Solar Urja Through Localisation for Sustainability (SoULS) Programme by IIT Mumbai in partnership with Kemuda Institute; a drawing, colouring and speech competition on Mahatma Gandhi organised by the Indian Association of Belait (IAB); as well as IAB’s hosting of ‘Gandhi Katha’ by Dr Shobana Ramakrishna at its premises on September 20.

The event proceeded with talks from former director of the National Gandhi Museum in New Delhi Dr Varsha Das and literary personality Dr Jasbir Chawla. Dr Varsha Das spoke on the theme ‘The Timelessness of Gandhi’.

She highlighted the universal teaching and philosophy of Gandhi such as non-violence, peace and brotherhood, humanism, compassion and truth.

She also spoke about the relevance of Gandhi’s ideals and its universal applicability.

Dr Jasbir Chawla spoke on ‘Gandhian thoughts on the post-COVID world’.

He highlighted the relevance of several teachings and practices, including a clean and simple life, practised by Gandhiji as a way to dealing with the post-COVID pandemic world.

The event proceeded with a question-and-answer session.

Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar speaks at the event. PHOTO: INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM