Gandhi Peace Garden:Coordinator Arvind Vora Talks About Its Importance

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Gandhi Peace Garden's Coordinator, Arvind Vora while speaking to Republic TV on Wednesday, stated that the garden is the 'first unique garden' of the US.

Written By Manjiri Chitre | Mumbai | Updated On:

Gandhi Peace Garden's Coordinator, Arvind Vora while speaking to Republic TV on Wednesday (IST) stated that the garden is the 'first unique garden' of the United States. He further stated that as far as the Consulate General of the US is concerned, this is the first time the Government of India, educational institutions, the State University of New York, as well as a local non-governmental organization (Shanti Fund) have joined hands to make the implementation of the garden possible. He added that the Gandhi Peace Garden is extremely significant. Vora has been affiliated with the United Nations from the past 20 years as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

On the significance of the garden

Speaking to Republic TV, the coordinator of the Gandhi peace garden expressed the significance and importance of it. He stated that Gandhi was one of the first environmentalists. "He planted a tree in London first which was destroyed during World War 2 and was re-planted by Lady Attenborough. In the Gandhi Ashram, the first tree was planted by Kakasaheb Kalelkar, which has been a tradition over there," he said. He added that even though people over the generations have been planting trees, the garden has its own unique quality. " In America, to have a tree planted in the memory of Gandhi, and not just one tree, but 150 trees to symbolize as if he was alive today is unique quality," he expressed. According to him, each state from the US will plant three trees in the garden.

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Preparation and implementation of the garden

According to Vora, several people are following Gandhi's belief of self-reliance and independence. "After one year of preparation and the last two months of exhaustive work, we wanted to make sure that no big corporations or rich persons adopt all the 150 trees," he said. He added that they wanted every person to have a chance to plant a tree. Further, each person from the United States has donated $500 to the NGO Shanti Fund for the implementation of the project. According to him, the ceremonial opening was done last Tuesday in the presence of State University of New York's President, Arvind Vora and the Consulate General of India, Sandeep Chakravorty. 

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About Gandhi Peace Garden

The Gandhi Peace Garden was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (IST) in New York during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It is an innovative initiative by the Consulate General of India in New York and Long Island-based NGO Shanti Fund and the State University of New York where people have adopted trees and in the memory of their loved ones. It is a project dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. According to reports, 150 trees will be planted in the garden, with every state of the USA planting three trees each. The garden is an open site within the 600 acres campus of the State University of New York.

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Commemoration event of Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary

Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary commemoration event was held in New York at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday (IST). The event was titled 'Leadership Matters - Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World'. PM Modi inaugurated three launches at the event- Gandhi solar park, Gandhi peace garden and the release of UN Postage stamps on Gandhi.

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