Hiroshima, Japan – In a symbolic gesture promoting peace and non-violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Peace Park, Hiroshima, during his visit to Japan for the G7 Summit. The event took place today and was witnessed by an enthusiastic audience, including members of the Indian diaspora residing in Hiroshima.
Prime Minister Modi’s presence in Hiroshima holds significant historical and emotional resonance, as the city stands as a poignant reminder of the catastrophic effects of nuclear weapons.
The prime minister acknowledged the enduring fear and trauma associated with Hiroshima, stating, “Even today, the world gets frightened when they listen to the word ‘Hiroshima’.” He emphasized the importance of learning from history and working towards a peaceful world, free from violence and conflict.
Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the pressing global challenges of climate change and terrorism. He highlighted Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence and his contributions to promoting peace, justice, and harmony.
The bust of Mahatma Gandhi, unveiled by the prime minister, symbolizes the values and principles that India and Japan both uphold.
The unveiling ceremony was held in the serene surroundings of Peace Park, a significant location that pays homage to the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The park stands as a symbol of hope, resilience, and the collective aspiration for a peaceful future.
By placing the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in this revered space, Prime Minister Modi aimed to forge stronger bonds between India and Japan and foster a shared commitment to peace and global stability.
Following the unveiling ceremony, Prime Minister Modi took the opportunity to meet with the Indian diaspora residing in Hiroshima. The interaction was marked by warmth, camaraderie, and a sense of shared identity.
The prime minister expressed his appreciation for the contributions made by the Indian community in promoting bilateral ties between India and Japan. He encouraged them to continue serving as cultural ambassadors and play an active role in fostering closer people-to-people connections.
The unveiling of the Mahatma Gandhi bust in Peace Park, Hiroshima, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of India’s independence struggle and the global impact of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy.
It also reflects the growing partnership and shared values between India and Japan as they work together to address pressing global challenges and build a more peaceful and sustainable world.
With the G7 Summit in full swing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Hiroshima and the unveiling of the Mahatma Gandhi bust serve as a poignant reminder of the importance of peace, unity, and collaboration in shaping a brighter future for all nations.