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‘Mahatma Gandhi’ makes a special appearance at UN

‘Mahatma Gandhi’ makes a special appearance at UN
A special life-size hologram of Mahatma Gandhi was projected during a panel discussion organised on Friday by India’s Permanent Mission to the UN and UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) at the UN headquarters in New York to commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence. — PTI Photo

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UNITED NATIONS: In first, Mahatma Gandhi's life-size hologram was on display at the UN's New York headquarters on Friday sharing his message on education at the world organisation as it commemorated the International Day of Non-Violence on the occasion of the Indian leader’s birth anniversary, according to Indian media reports.

The event was organised by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development and India's Permanent Mission to the UN (MGIEP).

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2, the birthday of Gandhi. According to the General Assembly resolution of June 2007, which established the commemoration, the day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness".

The discussion's focus was Education for Human Flourishing, and it was moderated by Anantha Duraiappah, director of the UNESCO MGIEP. The CEO of The King Center in Atlanta, Bernice King, the Permanent Representative of India to the UN, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, and Princess Hayu of Indonesia, a champion of digital education change and a youth representative, all took part in the panel discussion.

Gandhi's hologram made three appearances throughout the panel discussion, delivering his message about education while standing and while seated.

“Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education, I mean an all-around drawing out of the best in the child and the man, body, mind and spirit. By spiritual training, I mean education of the heart,

“We assess the value of education in the same manner as we assess the value of land or shares in the stock market. We want to provide only such education as would enable the student to earn more.

We hardly give any thought to the improvement of the character of the educated. The schools and colleges are really a factory of turning out clerks for the government. On the contrary, real education consists in drawing the best out of yourself. What better book can there be than the book of humanity, the Gandhi hologram said.

In 2019, the MGIEP collaborated with the director of the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum in Hyderabad, Birad Yajnik, to develop a dialogue with a hologram of Gandhi. This was the second iteration of the Gandhi hologram in 4k.