Gandhi’s 149th birth anniversaryAs Guyana joins India and the rest of the world to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, commemorative stamps will be printed in celebration.This announcement was made by Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam during a commemorative ceremony at the Promenade Gardens, Georgetown on Tuesday. He added that the Government of India was seeking to take Gandhi’s birth anniversary celebrations to a larger scale.October 2, 2018 marks the 149th birth anniversary of the great Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence. A large gathering made their way to the Promenade Gardens to celebrate the birth anniversary of Gandhi, who greatly impacted the world with his philosophy of peace and non-violence.In addition to the releasing of Gandhi’s commemorative stamps, other activitiesPersons gathered at the Mahatma Gandhi monument in the Promenade Gardens, Georgetown on Tuesday during his birth anniversary celebrationplanned include the publishing of a Mahatma Gandhi anthology; a vegetarian food festival; planting trees on June 5, 2019 – World Environmental Day; showcasing digital projects featuring Mahatma Gandhi, which are presently showing at the Giftland Mall, and reaching out to schoolchildren from various schools. Meanwhile, 31 students across four schools in Guyana also participated in a Mahatma Gandhi essay competition. Outstanding essays were written by Aleysha Ally and two other students who received certificates, presented by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Tuesday.Among those who were at the event on Tuesday were Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, Minister Lawrence, former President Donald Ramotar and prominent entrepreneur Yesu Persaud.Gandhi was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, India. He died on January 30, 1948, in Delhi. He was an Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India. As such, he came to be considered the father of his country. Gandhi is internationally esteemed for his doctrine of non-violent protest (satyagraha) to achieve political and social progress.