Over 800 people belonging to diverse backgrounds participated in a 'Gandhi March' held in The Hague, the seat of Government of the Netherlands, on Sunday as part of a 'Follow the Mahatma' campaign organised to mark the International Day of Non-Violence. The events began inside the compound of the Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Deputy Mayors of The Hague, Rabin Baldewsingh and Karsten Klein as well as Ambassador of India to the Netherlands, Venu Rajamony addressed the people flagging off the march. A spark taken from the eternal ‘World Peace flame’ that burns outside the Peace Palace, was handed over to the Deputy Mayors and Ambassador Venu Rajamony who led the march.
The colourful march guided by motorcycle outriders in front and with mounted police on horses at the back, wound through the streets of the city for about an hour before concluding at the historic Grote Kerk or Big Church of The Hague.
A new book in Dutch titled “Gandhi -An illustrated biography” by Indian author Pramod Kapoor and published by Lannoo of Belgium was released during the event. The celebrations ended with a performance of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite songs ‘Lead, kindly light’, and ‘Abide with me’ as well as the famous civil rights song ‘We shall overcome’ by a group from the American Protestant Church of The Hague.