Ela Gandhi headlines Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in Dallas

Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, being felicitated by the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial of North Texas Oct. 19 in Park Plaza Tower, Dallas. She said her grandmother Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mahatma Gandhi, should be an ideal for women today.

Ela Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's granddaughter, says Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mahatma Gandhi, should be an ideal for women today.

Addressing guests, who gathered for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations in Dallas Oct. 19, Ela Gandhi said Kasturba Gandhi had been very supportive of the Mahatma’s work in many ways, and that she was equally,if not at least one step ahead of him in his work, proving that there is a woman behind the success of every man.

The event was that was organized by Mahatma Gandhi Memorial of North Texas (MGMNT) in Park Plaza Tower.

Speaking about the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi through a power point presentation, she noted Kasturba, who married Gandhi at the age of 13, never left school and studied under Mahatma Gandhi’s initiative and she traveled to South Africa with him and struggled with the racism laws against Indians alongside her husband.

She expressed the hope that her grandmother, Kasturba Gandhi, said to be the first person to introduce Gandhito Satyagraha and its power, andwho at that time was very aware of women's mobility and women's empowerment, should be an ideal for women today.

A special souvenir created by MGMNT was unveiled by Ela Gandhi on this occasion. She was also felicitated by the MGMNT Board of Directors that noted that it was remarkable that Kasturba Gandhi's 150th Jayanti is also this year.

Prasad Thotakura, Founder Chair of MGMNT,said Mahatma Gandhi’s ambitions and ideals will continue to flourish for another 150 years. He thanked the donors who made huge donations along with the Irving City officialsin building the largest Gandhi memorial in Dallas in 2014.

Professor Clayborn Carson, Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research Center at Stanford University, said at the event that Gandhi's ambitions and theories were followed by Martin Luther King, and that King had organized civil rights movements in the United States.

Gollanapalli Prasad, Chairman of the Gandhi King Foundation, said that everyone should follow Gandhi’s life and principles to enjoy a peaceful life. A special dance performance by Nrutyashakti Dance Academy students choreographed on Gandhi attracted the audience.

A special colorful photo exhibition on Gandhicontaining several oil paintings and pencil drawings was presented by artist Jigar Soni from Gujarat. MGMNT Board of Directors felicitated Burra Siva VaraPrasad, who sculpted Mahatma Gandhi statue in Dallas.

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