KOLLAM: The week-long Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, organised by the district administration, concluded here on Monday with the observance of the centenary of the satyagraha launched by Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa.
An exhibition of photographs on `Global violence,' organised by the District Information Office, was held as part of the event. It begins with a photo of Gandhiji taken on September 11, 1906 at the launch of the satyagraha in South Africa, moving on to Gandhiji's visit to communal riot-hit areas in India during the freedom movement, and a photo of Gandhiji assassinated, described as the first terrorist act in free India, that too against a man who preached non-violence. The exhibition goes on to show photographs of some of the later terrorist attacks in various nations that claimed thousands of lives. The exhibition was inaugurated by Kollam SP S. Gopinath.
A painting competition for school students was also organised. Freedom fighter K.E. Mammen inaugurated the valedictory function.
In his address, Mr. Mammen said truth, non-violence, love and peace, which was the essence of Gandhian thought, is not only good for the individual but for society and the nation also. He called upon the younger generation to inculcate the Gandhian way of life. District Collector B. Srinivas presided over the function..