Nelson Mandela Day 2023

by Diplomatist Bureau - 22 July, 2023, 12:00 1078 Views 0 Comment

National Museum, South African High Commission and Vivekananda International Foundation jointly organised an exhibition “India’s Historical Journey with Africa: Marching Ahead Together”

Nelson Mandela Day is observed on July 18th each year, in honour of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader Nelson Mandela, who was born on that day. The day serves as a global call to action, encouraging individuals to make a positive difference in their communities and promote peace, reconciliation, and cultural diversity.

Vivekananda International Foundation, in partnership with National Museum and South African High Commission in New Delhi, India commemorated the birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela with a special exhibition.

The exhibition titled “India’s Historical Journey with Africa: Marching Ahead Together” was inaugurated by the High Commissioner of South Africa, H.E. Joel Sibusiso Ndebele and Shri Dammu Ravi, Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on 18th July 2023 at National Museum highlighting Mandela’s values and dedication to the service of humanity.

The aim of the exhibition was to commemorate Mandela Day in honour of Mandela’s values and commitment to the service of humanity and to create awareness of the India-Africa connection.

The exhibition highlights the historical ties and partnerships between India and African countries. Such an exhibition showcases the shared history, culture, trade, and collaborations that have strengthened the bond between the two regions.

This photo exhibition is acting as an educational and informative platform, raising awareness about the importance of diplomatic relations between India and African nations, and how these connections have contributed to mutual development, economic growth, and cultural exchange.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the High Commissioner of South Africa, H.E. Joel Sibusiso Ndebele acknowledged India’s contribution to the decolonization of Africa and India as the champion of the Global South.

Shri Dammu Ravi, Secretary (Economic Relations), MEA, emphasized the importance of cultural events and exhibitions, such as the special exhibition at the National Museum which captures the values and legacy of icons like Nelson Mandela. He also reaffirmed India’s commitment to include the African Union as a permanent member of the G20.

Shri Ashish Goyal, Additional Director General of National Museum mentioned how India-Africa ties that go beyond two millennia can be further strengthened by showcasing the cultural and art practices of African nations. He emphasized the immense scope for exhibiting African arts and culture at the National Museum and exploring existing MoUs with African museums to showcase African heritage and India-Africa ties across India.

Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF, noted that the United Nations declared 2019-2028 as the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace in September 2018. This has assumed relevance due to the multiple crises that afflict the world today.

Dr Ruchita Beri, Consultant at MP-IDSA recounted her seeing Nelson Mandela and the enthusiasm of Indian visit during his visit to India after his release.

Ambassador Anil Trigunayat (Retd), Distinguished Fellow, VIF gave the vote of thanks and expounded how Gandhi was the gift of Africa to India, and Mandela the gift of India to Africa.

The organizers not only paid tribute to the legacy of a remarkable leader but also helped in fostering understanding and cooperation between India and African countries, promoting unity and solidarity on an international level.


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