Huntington, NY: Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci co-hosted the launch of a year of festivities commemorating Mahatma Gandhis 150thbirthday with Arvind Vora and Bakul Matalia of the Shanti Fund and Hon. Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India in New York, where they were joined by Town and State Officials, on Friday, September 7 at Huntington Town Hall.
Known as Mahatma, or the great souled one, Gandhi was revered the world over for his nonviolent philosophy of passive resistance and his devout Hindu faith, said Supervisor Lupinacci, who served as master of ceremonies. Gandhi was quoted: The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Gandhi lived, until his last day, by this philosophy.
Speakers also included New York State Senator Carl Marcellino; Assemblyman Andrew Raia; Former Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino; Mr. Ravi Bhooplapur, President of Xavier University School of Medicine; Mr. Kamlesh Mehta, Chairman, South Asian Times; Ms. Seema Bhansali, Director of Corporate Affairs, Henry Schein, on behalf of Stanley Bergman, CEO.
Delivering prayers at the ceremony were Mrs. Sangeeta Kulkarni, who delivered the benediction; Father Walter Kedjierski of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception; Reverend Mark Bigelow of the Congregational Church of Huntington; and Mrs. Janki Sheth and members of the Jain Group of SRMD.
Also in attendance were Councilmembers Joan Cergol and Ed Smyth and Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia.
Arvind Vora and Bakul Matalia of the Shanti Fund presented a framed photo of Gandhi to Supervisor Lupinacci at the end of the ceremony.
Revered the world over for his nonviolent philosophy of passive resistance, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known to his many followers as Mahatma or the great-souled one, was born on October 2, 1869. He began his activism as an Indian immigrant in South Africa in the early 1900s. Following World War I, he became the leading figure in Indias struggle to gain independence from Great Britain. Imprisoned several times during his pursuit of non-cooperation, Gandhi undertook a number of hunger strikes to protest the oppression of Indias poorest classes, among other injustices. After Partition in 1947, he continued to work toward peace between Hindus and Muslims. Gandhi was assassinated in Delhi on January 30, 1948 by a fellow Hindu.