Gandhi Jayanti celebration returns to China’s picturesque Chaoyang park after two years Covid-induced hiatus

BEIJING: After a two-year hiatus caused by Covid, Gandhi Jayanti The celebration returns to China’s vast Chaoyang Park here as it resonates with recitations of his famous sayings by Chinese students and his bhajans by community members Indian.
Gandhi Jayanti is held annually at the picturesque Chaoyang Park in Beijing since after the Gandhi statue, sculpted by the famous sculptor Yuan Xikun, installed in 2005 on the shores of a lake amid serene surroundings to allow his admirers to pay their respects to the Mahatma.
Yuan is not only a famous sculptor who has carved statues of famous leaders of China and the world, but also has a good relationship with the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and its long-time manager. year of the famous Jin Tai Art Museum located in Chaoyang Park .
Yuan carved a statue of Gandhi with a unique pose of Mahatma sitting with a book in hand.
The placing of Gandhi’s statue officially in Beijing for the first time is seen as politically significant as it has been for decades with a statue of Mahatma, a contemporary of Mao Zedong, leader of China’s national liberation movement. China, remains a mystery in China as the two leaders profess opposing political philosophies.
While Mao remained staunchly supportive of violent liberation movements with his famous maxim that power flows through the barrel of a gun, Gandhi’s successful nonviolent movement against the British gained attract the attention of the world.
Since the installation of Gandhi’s statue, on October 2 every year, a group of Chinese students will re-read his famous quotes, highlighting nonviolence, adherence to the truth and the importance of Gandhi. conservation.
Practice has been disrupted due to the pandemic for the past two years.
This year, more than a dozen students recited Gandhi’s quotes in both Chinese and English, drawing applause at a large gathering at the Jin Tai Art Museum, home to the Indian Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat and Yuan himself.
Rawat, who played a role in installing the statue alongside Yuan during his previous diplomatic stint in Beijing in 2005, said that despite being born in India, Mahatma gandhiHer message resonated with all of humanity.
“Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of nonviolence is all-encompassing – man against man, man against animal and, more importantly, man against nature,” Rawat said.
Yuan in his speech said Gandhi’s sculpture has also “become a symbol of the friendship between the people of India and China”.
Yuan said, “Why do I want to create Mahatma Gandhi?
“The great cultural legacy he left us is the glory of all mankind. He’s a man by nature and in moderation, which is the sustainable development we’re advocating for now,” he said.
The highlight of this year, however, was the short play “Being Mahatma” shown at the museum, highlighting Gandhiji’s handling of some of the most stressful situations at the height of the independence movement.
Screenwriter and director Dr. VivekanandA diplomat from the Indian Embassy here, ‘Being Mahatma’ is a play that tries to understand why Gandhi was such a great soul.
“It tries to make the case of Gandhi communicating with the masses different from others,” says Vivekanand, a poet in Tamil and English.
He recently released a collection of poems called “CogVerse”.
The cast includes Joji Luka, a security officer for the Indian Embassy in Beijing who plays Gandhi, alongside Rajashree Behera, first secretary, and Neeru Thakkar, wife of Lekhan Thakkar, Counselor (Economics). and Commerce) of the Indian mission.


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