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Amb. Jaiswal graces Gandhi 150 finale at Peace Garden on LI

by Parveen Chopra

Old Westbury, NY:  Several dignitaries and community leaders joined Indian Consul General in New York, Amb. Randhir Jaiswal to celebrate the finale of Gandhi 150 celebrations organized by Shanti Fund at the Gandhi Peace Garden on the sprawling campus of SUNY Old Westbury on Thursday.

Gandhi Peace Garden on Long Island was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year remotely from the United Nations in New York during his visit to address the UNGA. It was part of kickoff  celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. 150 trees from 50 US states have been planted at the garden with the support of many organizations and individuals.

Amb Jaiswal in his brief speech said that in his reverence for nature and the environment, Mahatma Gandhi was ahead of his times.

Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinnacci said he has a Gandhi photo in his office and tells his colleagues to resolve any differences in the light of the Mahatma’s teachings.

Community leader Bhupi Patel suggested that community organizations should join hands to beautify the place with benches and gazebo for people to come and enjoy the calm here.

Educationist Jayantibhai Shah was the honoree of the morning event. Amb. Jaiswal presented copies of Gandhi’s autobiography ‘My Experiments with Truth’ to select  people among the two score attending.

Under the blue skies, Shanti Fund’s Arvind Vora conducted the hour long program and Bakul Matalia went over the volunteer led organization’s activities in the last couple of years.

Afterwards the group moved to H Lee Dennison Building on Hauppauge in Suffolk county where the Shanti Fund has erected a life-size statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

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