|National hero of India Mahatma Gandhi (File photo)
In his speech, Indian Ambassador Pranay Verma said Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas about the truth, peace and non-violence inspired the anti-colonial movement and struggles for national independence across Asia and Africa, including the one led by President Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.
The two leaders’ leadership and messages about human dignity and freedom inspired the Vietnamese and Indian peoples’ bravery and confidence to fight against colonialism and gain independence, he noted.
At the event, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Anh Tuan recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s contributions to peace and development of humanity.
On this occasion, a set of stamps was launched to celebrate the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.
Tuan said the stamps will be a multidimensional message helping to promote cooperation between Vietnam and India.
Also at the ceremony, the Institute for India and Southwest Asian Studies under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences debuted a special publication to mark the Indian leader’s 150th birthday. The Indian embassy also awarded six students who won an online contest about Mahatma Gandhi.