Gandhi Jayanti and International Day of Non-Violence celebrations Germany

The Embassy of India, Berlin celebrated Gandhi Jayanti and International Day of Non-Violence on the 5th of October, 2016 at the International School, Hannover in collaboration with Indian Association Hannover (IASH) and the International School Hannover. The Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Abhishek Singh garlanded the Gandhi bust, which was unveiled by the Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister in 2015. He also delivered a significant talk on the relevance of non-violence and Gandhiji’s principles in today’s time, where the world is reeling from the horrifying impact of terrorism and violence. Among other dignitaries, Member of Legislative Assembly, State of Lower Saxony, Mr. Michael Hans Höntsch, Mr. Madan Lal Raigar, Consul General, Consulate General of India, Hamburg, Mr. Stephan Handwerker, Managing Director, International School Hannover Region and Mrs. Manjistha Mukherjee Bhatt, Director, The Tagore Centre graced the occasion. A cultural performance on Gandhi bhajans was also organized by the Cultural Wing of the Embassy, the Tagore Centre.

Die indische Botschaft, Berlin feierte Gandhi Jayanti und den International Day of Non-Violence am 5.Oktober 2016 in der International School, Hannover in Zusammenarbeit mit der Indian Association Hannover (IASH) und der International School Hannover. Der stellvertretende Leiter der Botschaft, Mr. Abhishek Singh bekränzte eine Büste Gandhis, die durch den ehrenwerten indischen Premierminister im Jahr 2015 eingeweiht worden war. Er hielt darüber hinaus eine bedeutende Rede über die Relevanz der Gewaltlosigkeit und Gandhis Prinzipien in der heutigen Zeit, in der die Welt unter dem schrecklichen Einflusses von Terrorismus und Gewalt ins taumeln zu geraten scheint. Unter anderem waren Herr Michael Hans Höntsch, Mitglied des Landtags von Niedersachsen, Herr Madan Lal Raigar, Consul General des indischen Konsulats, Hamburg, Herr Stphan Handwerker, Leiter der International School Hannover und Frau Manjistha Mukherjee Bhatt, Leiterin des tagore Zentrums zu diesem Anlass anwesend. Eine kulturelle Aufführung von Gandhi Bhajans wurde vom Tagore Zentrum, der Kulturabteilung der Botschaft organisiert.

Shri Abhishek Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Berlin garlanded the Gandhi bust and paid his respects

Shri Abhishek Singh, Stellvertretender Leiter der Mission, indische Botschaft, Berlin bekränzte die Gandhi Büste und erwies so seinen Respekt14517548_1188065981267007_8289271684515738481_n

Mrs. Manjistha Mukherjee Bhatt, Director, The Tagore Centre paid floral tribute to the Gandhi bust
Mrs. Manjistha Mukherjee Bhatt, Leiterin


des Tagore Zentrums bei der Blumenehrung an Gandhis Büste

The event opened with a Gandhi bhajan performed by Ms. Papia Das Baul and her accompanists14470534_1188077374599201_4118123631866265961_n

Opening speech was delivered by Mr. Stephan Handwerker, Managing Director, International School Hannover Region


Shri Abhishek Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission was felicitated by Mr. Stephan Handwerker, Managing Director, International School Hannover Region14610897_1188077851265820_6887319840578071285_n






In his very compelling speech, Dr. Hans von Lengerke spoke about the significant role Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) played in lending him the valuable perspective of India that he so closely holds in his heart and mind today and which has helped him in playing his part in strengthening of the Indo-German friendship. He stated that an organization like ICCR provides scholarships and fellowships to thousands of students every year besides fostering and strengthening cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries, promoting cultural exchanges with other countries and people and developing relations with nations.14591860_1188080294598909_232531040069849106_n



Indian Students Associations of Aachen and TU, Hamburg were honored with certificates and cash awards by the IASH board supported by the Embassy of India, Berlin in recognition of their valuable work and active contribution to the Indian Students Community14484834_1188081397932132_18036826029770237_n

Director, The Tagore Centre was invited on stage to felicitate the artistes14485049_1188082131265392_4245557708182571041_n

Shri Madan Lal Raigar, Consul General, Consulate General of India, Hamburg felicitated Shri Sibabrata Roy, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardee (2007)


Vote of thanks was delivered by the President of IASH, Dr. Jayshankar Selvadurai who besides the student volunteers, International School, profusely thanked the Embassy of India, Berlin for their continued support and cooperation14502772_1188082477932024_895633719728771378_n

Dr. Balasubramanian Ramani, Founder, Indian Association Hannover (IASH) read out the message of former Federal Chancellor, H.E. Mr. Gerhard Schröder




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