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Delhi marks 100 years of Gandhiji's Satyagraha

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Sep 11 (UNI) His long-forgotten gospels of Non-violence and Satyagraha seem the only path to liberation of humanity from the unending cycle of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Reminding people of Gandhiji's great legacy to India in the form of Satyagraha, the 'potent' tool that delivered India to freedom from British rule, were a host of events held in the capital to commemorate the 100 years of satyagraha launched by Gandhiji on September 11, 1906 in Johannesburg in South Africa when three thousand Indians in the country joined together in spiritual and cultural unity to defy an unjust law foisted upon them.

On this occasion, the National Gandhi museum organised a special exhibition of photographs titled 'Satyagraha:100 years'.

More than 100 photographs will be on display in the Satyagraha centenary exhibition at the museum gallery, inaugurated by Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni.

A group of men and women who have resolved to dedicate themselves to non-violence took a pledge as Shanti sainiks today at a programme organised by the Swaraj Peeth Trust at Ghalib Institute.

''Events like this prove that the message of Mahatma Gandhi still inspires our people today,''chairman of the Swaraj Peeth trust Rajiv Vora said.

''The nation's present social and political culture have somehow given up on the great legacy of India's mass experiments in non violence, as a result of which we are all suffering from countless fractures in our national unity,''he said..

On this occasion, Swaraj Peeth released the first Urdu translation of Hind Swaraj, written by Mahatma Gandhi in 1909 as a response to the extremists who favoured terrorism to drive out india's captors.

The Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised a special programme which saw inauguration of the world peace gong from Indonesia.

Marking the occasion was a performance by Shubha Mudgal.

On the occasion of the centenary of Satyagraha, the Delhi government granted tax free status to Raj Kumar Hirani's 'Lage raho Munnabhai', which has won accolades from audiences and critics for its revival of focus of Gandhiji's ideals and their continued relevance in modern times.

The film, which stars Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Vidya balan, was released on September 8.

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