On the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, a function was organized in Delhi among the physical and virtual presence of some prominent dignitaries from all across the globe. To commemorate the South African great Mandela's 103rd birthday, the prestigious Gandhi Mandela Foundation organized a function on 18th July 2021 at Le Meridien Hotel in Delhi.
Being one of the great men of the world history, Nelson Mandela championed the cause of human equality with his revolution against apartheid, is a beam of hope for everyone to sail ahead in life. Mandela's life was also a message for the world and to strengthen belief in his message, the event called Mandela Day was organised in the capital.
रंगभेद-नस्लभेद क्रान्ति के सूत्रधार विश्व शांतिदूत भारत रत्न व नोबेल पुरस्कार से सम्मानित दक्षिण अफ़्रीका के पूर्व राष्ट्रपति #नेल्सन_मंडेला की जयंती पर आज @SriSri @PujyaSwamiji @Nandan_Jha4 व विश्व की अनेक विभूतियों के साथ virtual संवाद कर अभिभूत हूँ ! #MandelaDay @AcharyaSabha pic.twitter.com/UQY9C4EP2c— Swami Avdheshanand (@AvdheshanandG) July 18, 2021
नई दिल्ली में गांधी मंडेला फाउंडेशन द्वारा नेशनल मंडेला डे के अवसर पर आयोजित कार्यक्रम में विशिष्ट अतिथि के रूप में उपस्थित रहकर श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित की । इस अवसर पर पूर्व न्यायाधीश केजी बालाकृष्णन ,संसद सदस्य मनोज तिवारी ,वरिष्ठ पत्रकार वेद प्रताप वैदिक उपस्थित थे। pic.twitter.com/ZoHsrnmWrd— Dr.Ramdas Athawale (@RamdasAthawale) July 18, 2021
On the auspicious of 67th bday anniversary of a very strong leader it's a great privilege to be able to host and represent the CEC thanks to Mandela Gandhi foundation for this great initiative God bless pic.twitter.com/8Xhpuzt8jD— Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club (@CommonwealthEn3) July 17, 2021
Among the dignitaries who graced the ceremony were some of the eminent personalities of the country including Mahamandleshwar Avdheshanand Giri ji, Chairman (Gandhi Mandela Foundation); Hon'ble Justice KG Balakrishnan ji (GMF Jury & Advisor); Hon'ble Justice Deepak Mishra ji (GMF Jury & Advisor); Hon'ble Justice Gyansudha Mishra (GMF Jury & Advisor); Shri Shri Ravishankar ji (Founder, Art of Living); Shri Chidanand Swami ji, Founder (Parmarth Niketan); Shri Purushottam Rupala (Central Minister); Shri Ramdas Athawale (Central Minister); Veteran Journalist Shri Ved Pratap Vedik & Member of Parliament Manoj Tiwari, Saiyad Jafar Islam and MP Sitaram Yechury.
As the global representative of the Foundation, the event was honoured by the mere presence of Ms Preeti Upala from the US, Mr Prashant Jhawar from the UK and Rakesh Rathi from Switzerland. The Mandela Birth Ceremony was also graced with the presence of H.E. Mr Carlos R Polo Castenada, Ambassador, Peru; H.E. Mr Md Mallik, Ambassador, Morocco; H.E. Mr Andre Poh, Ambassador, Congo; and H.E. Mr KL Ganj, Ambassador, Comoros and the Crown Prince of Nigeria. The inspiring event also saw the global representation virtually from America, Russia, China, Norway, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Speaking on the occasion, Swami Avdheshanand Giri ji appreciated the efforts of Gandhi Mandela Foundation and said, ''Let’s all today take pledge that we will keep this flame of the noble virtues alive as propagated by Gandhi and Mandela.'' Shri Shri Ravishankar ji appreciated Gandhi Mandela Foundation for making such marvelous efforts to spread the human messages worldwide. Swami Chidanand held the notion that in today's world full of violence and hatred, non-violence and peace with liberty and equality is the need of the hour.
During the welcome address for the dignitaries present, Mr. Nandan Jha (Secretary General, Gandhi Mandela Foundation) termed Mandela's life a gift of inspiration to humanity. He said that Mandela's life is a beautiful tableau of the successful struggle against injustice which has given the mantra of equality and freedom to the oppressed people all around the world.