The first IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) Gandhi-Mandela Memorial Freedom Lecture was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (President of the Republic of South Africa) alongside Mr. Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) at Hotel Leela.
“Mahatma Gandhi and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela wanted to see a society where there was tolerance for one another’s religion, race, caste and regional affiliations. As the president of South Africa, I am particularly proud that the seeds of Gandhiji’s political awareness were sown and given birth in our country”, stated Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa.
Speaking at the first IBSA Gandhi-Mandela Memorial Freedom Lecture, Ramaphosa recalled Gandhi’s celebrated words, “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
“But what was the change Gandhi and Mandela wanted to see. They wanted to see elimination of poverty and a world where nations respect one another and multilateralism was upheld and respected and there was tolerance for each other’s religion, race, caste and regional affiliation”, he said.
He said South Africa is looking forward to growing its relations with India. “We are two nations isolated by sea yet bound together by the collective energies of our people. The heritages of Gandhi and Mandela have never been more important than they are today. We have a collective job in addressing the worldwide economy which is confronting various challenges at this moment”, he added.
“I am glad on the visit of H.E. Ramaphosa, it has further strengthened relations between India and South Africa. The Indo South African Film and Cultural Forum was formed earlier by the extraordinary guests, President of India and visiting State Guest from South Africa Her Excellency Elizabeth Thabethe (Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Government of South Africa), earlier in 2013”, said Dr. Sandeep Marwah (Chairman to the association).
“It was likewise a great chance to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has dependably put stock in best of the relations among India and rest of the nations of the World”, added Mr. Marwah. The event was attended by members of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Government of South Africa.
Noteworthy Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the Indian and South African delegations, President of the Indian Council of World Affairs, Dr TCA Raghavan, Ambassador of Brazil in the Republic of India, High Commissioner Kamboj, High Commissioner of the Republic of India to the Republic of South Africa, The Charge d’ Affaires of the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of India and Members of the Diplomatic Corps were also present at the occasion.