This post was originally published on 8 November 2016.
The Indian consulate in UAE has agreed to a proposal for setting up a cultural centre in Dubai showcasing the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi.
The announcement was made after a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled at the Indian Consulate on Saturday.
“The Centre will disseminate literature, artifact and khadi attire so that the younger generations get inspired by the Father of the Nation,” Anurag Bhushan, India’s Consul-General in Dubai said.
“I am very happy to announce that we are going to work together to create a Gandhi Centre. This is a small step but I hope it becomes big as this is the first such initiative,” he continued.
“We first thought whether just a bust of Gandhi can inspire us. Then we agreed that we should have a Gandhi Centre here so that Gandhiji’s values could be propagated,” Bhushan added.
The plan is to initially set up a reading room and library consisting books and photographs on Gandhi’s life and philosophy. It may be expanded in future with a museum and other facilities, especially to attract the young generation to learn more about Gandhian values and principles.
Another Centre planned in Abu Dhabi
Indian businessman Dr B. R. Shetty, who was present, said he would help set up another Gandhi Bhavan at the India Social and Cultural Centre (ISC) and a library at the Indian High School in Abu Dhabi, Gulf News has reported.
Patron and vice-chairman of ISC, Shetty also proposed the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi to install a Gandhi statue at the mission.
The consulate in Dubai also celebrated the 141st birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, popularly known as the Iron Man of India, who played a significant role in the country’s freedom struggle and guided its integration into a united, independent nation.
Cultural programmes and an exhibition of books and photos on Gandhi were also held on the occasion.
Sources: PTI, Gulf News