India Association of Western Washington Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti: the 138th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at the Governor's Mansion in Olympia

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India Association of Western Washington:

Mahatma Gandhi was a wonderful man and great leader. Dr. King was a strong believer and practiced what Gandhi espoused - non violence.

    Date: Tuesday October 2nd, 2007

Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Governor's Mansion, Olympia, WA

Gandhi Jayanti, the 138th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi will be celebrated as an awareness and fundraising event at the Governor's mansion in Olympia on Tuesday October 2nd, 2007 by the India Association of Western Washington (IAWW). This is also the first fundraising event for the association in its 24 years of history. The raised funds will support programs and services for the youth and seniors in the community for 2008. Governor Christine Gregoire has been scheduled to address the community in the event where key members of the East Indian community from all over the State will be present. State Senator Rosa Franklin in her email to the president of the IAWW wrote "Mahatma Gandhi was a wonderful man and great leader. Dr. King was a strong believer and practiced what Gandhi espoused - non violence."

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), also known as Mahatma Gandhi, was born in Porbandar in the present day state of Gujarat in India on October 2, 1869, and educated in law at University College, London. In 1891, after having been admitted to the British bar, Gandhi returned to India and attempted to establish a law practice in Bombay, without much success. Two years later an Indian firm with interests in South Africa retained him as legal adviser in its office in Durban. Arriving in Durban, Gandhi found himself treated as a member of an inferior race. He was appalled at the widespread denial of civil liberties and political rights to Indian immigrants to South Africa. He threw himself into the struggle for elementary rights for Indians with his principles of non-violence, which ultimately gained the freedom for India from one hundred years of British rule.

Gandhi became the international symbol of a free India. He lived a spiritual and ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and meditation. Refusing earthly possessions, he wore the loincloth and shawl and subsisted on vegetables, fruit juices, and goat's milk. Indians revered him as a saint and began to call him Mahatma, a title reserved for the greatest sages. Gandhi's advocacy of non-violence, known as ahimsa, became the principles of modern day leaders like Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

About IAWW

The India Association of Western Washington was established in 1983 by the local East Indian community with a mission to provide a common identity to the Indian community; facilitate cultural, social and educational services and opportunities for cultural integration from young to old of the community; and foster those activities that enhance mutual understanding and appreciation between the Indo-American community and mainstream American community. More information about the organization can be held from the website

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