“In the Path of Mahatma Gandhi, India-Zambia towards Peace and Non-violence”

150 Years of Mahatma Gandhi

In continuation of the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi, GSDS tried to reach out to different Embassies/High Commissions in New Delhi to have a joint cultural programme with an aim to propagate the relevance of the Gandhian Philosophies of Peace and Non-violence in the international realm.
On December 6, 2019 a programme with the High Commission of Zambia in New Delhi was organised in Gandhi Smriti. The High Commissioner of Zambia to India, H.E. Mrs. Judith K.K. Kan’goma-Kapijimpanga was the chief guest in the function. The Deputy High Commissioner of Zambia to India, Minister Plenipotentiary H.E. Ms. Natihaika Francis Msuya from the Tanzanian High Commission in India, Deputy High Commissioner of Malawi, Mr. Patrick Mphepo and a host of other dignitaries from various embassies took part in the programme.
Students from Cambridge School, Indirapuram and Rashtra Shakti Vidyalaya, Uttam Nagar gave their musical performances on the occasion. During the interaction with HE Mrs Judith, the children felt worth coming and knowing about the history of the country apart from western nations. To their surprise, Mahatma Gandhi had a great impact on the peace marchers and freedom fighters of the African nation to get their independence from the same colonizer.
The High Commissioner gave the audience an inspiring presentation on the First President of Zambia, Kenneth David Kaunda who also received Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation.
Also while interacting with the participating children, HE Mrs Judith spoke on the essence of respecting humanity and the philosophy of humanism which inspired their first President Mr. Kenneth Kaunda to follow the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and how Zambia has been a peaceful nation. She however feared that rumours spread by social media can become a detriment to the peaceful country. She also gave detailed information on the law and order of her country and the educational system. She took pride in informing about how women in Zambia have been recognised on the basis of their merit.