Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary marked in Turkey

By Faruk Zorlu

ANKARA (AA) – The Indian embassy in Ankara Tuesday marked the birth anniversary of pacifist independence leader Mahatma Gandhi with an early-morning march.

The embassy organized a “Peace Walk” to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Indian leader.

Speaking at the event, Indian Ambassador to Turkey Sanjay Bhattacharyya said: "Gandhi always relied on innate nature of humankind, and the strength and the ability to overcome all adversity.

“This is what led to very strong democratic tradition in India."

Emphasizing the Indian leader’s ability to say no, Bhattacharyya recalled the Non-Cooperation Movement — an attempt led by Gandhi to resist the British rule in India through non-violent means.

“In many ways, this gives people the strength to find their own ways within their own culture and heritage,” the ambassador said.

After the Peace Walk, participants made a stop before Gandhi's picture and left flowers.

In 2007, the UN declared Oct. 2 as the International Non-violence Day.