Conservatives invited to Gandhi celebrations

Conservatives invited to Gandhi celebrations

Francis Maude, Conservative Party Chairman, was delighted to meet His Excellency Kamlesh Sharma, the High Commissioner for India, on Wednesday 20 December. During the meeting, which took place at Conservative Campaign Headquarters, Francis received an invitation on behalf of the Conservative Party to attend celebrations commemorating the anniversary of the start of ‘satyagraha’ or the movement of non-violence, which is taking place in New Delhi on the 29 and 30 of January. The Indian Government have organised the International Conference on Peace, Non-violence and Empowerment to celebrate the centenary of the start of Gandhi’s non-violent protests in South Africa.

Following the meeting Francis Maude said: “I am deeply honoured that His Excellency Kamlesh Sharma came in person to invite the Conservative Party to join in these celebrations. They commemorate an early milestone in Gandhi’s long struggle for Indian independence. Gandhi was an inspirational character whose life of self-sacrifice and dedication to others will long be remembered.

“We can all benefit from reading Gandhi’s teachings, with their emphasis on the power of the peace to prevail. The Conservative Party is changing to better represent modern Britain. I know we have more work to do. It is by becoming a totally inclusive Party that we can hope to encourage greater cohesion so that all communities in this country live in peace and harmony.”

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