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3rd Lecture under ‘Mahatma Gandhi Lecture Series’


Embassy of India, Ankara, organized the Third Lecture in the Mahatma Gandhi Lecture Series at 1830 hrs on July 25, 2019, at Tagore Hall in the Embassy. The lecture on ‘Turkey-India Relations in 21stCentuary’ was delivered by MrEfkan Ala, the Head of the Turkey-India Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group. Describing Turkey and India as “natural allies,” a senior Turkish lawmaker said that the two countries have long-established relations and historic connections.EfkanAla, said Turkey considers India a “friend and important partner.”The function was attended by the Turkish Ministry, Diplomatic community and Indian community in Ankara. The guests were served Indian Snacks.


150 Tree Plantation on Occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahartma Gandhi

April 04 , 2019

Embassy of India in Collaboration with YildrimBiyazit University and Cubuk Municipality, Ankara, planted 150 trees at YildrimBiyazit University campus, on April 04, 2019. The rector of the University Prof. Dr. Metin DO?AN and the former Deputy Mayor of Cubuk Municipality Mr Zeki Metin along with the Ambassador of India Sanjay Bhattacharyya presided over the function. University students participated with great zeal in the tree plantation.

2.         The Indian Ambassador recalled Gandhi’s association with Turkey. He said that Gandhi had organized financial assistance for Turkish Nationalist Movement, medical team during Balkan war.Gandhi had a close association with Tagore who met Ataturk and received books for Vishwabharati University. It is Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. Gandhi is not only an Indian citizen but is recognized as the citizen of the world. Several events are being organized worldwide. The Indian Ambassador also reflected Gandhi’s virtues on –

  • Conflict resolution

            Gandhi lived during conflicts, wars; Colonial period under Britain, India’s indepencence movement. Conflict all around shaped his experiences, but his philosophy was tremendously influenced by     India’s hertage/philosophy. He believed in  defining terms of conflict and its resolution through peaceful means. His belief in truth (Satyagraha) & non-violence (Ahimsa) as two sides of same coin; an active force, not passive

  • Harmony with nature, technology, resolve conflicts within

            He believed in resolving conflicts between the natural flow of nature and development of society. The technology tends to move too fast for society to adapt, create conflict. He believed in putting man at the centre, promoting his empowerment and ability to create harmony and live in harmony. He said the ‘Earth has enough for everyman’s need, but not for everyman’s greed’.

  • Building of community

            He sought a way of life in conformity with our environment – nature, heritage, development, interaction. He advocated simple, slow, small   changes. He was not against change but rather to develop process for   harmonious change. He drew from his experiments with Tolstoy farm and Phoenix in South Africa and many Ashrams in India

3.         The Ambassador of India also presented a book on Gandhi to the rector YildrimBiyazit University, Prof. Dr.Metin DO?AN.


2nd Lecture under Mahatma Gandhi Lecture Series
February 25, 2019

            Embassy of India, Ankara, organized the second Lecture in the Mahatma Gandhi Lecture Series at 1830 hrs on Feb 25, 2019, at Tagore Hall in the Embassy. The lecture on ‘Transformational Leadership of Mahatma Gandhi’ was delivered by SmtShobhanaRadhakrishna, the Chief Functionary of Gandhian Forum for Ethical Corporate Governance since January 2012. The function got a huge response from the

Gandhian Food Festival, Jan 28, 2019

If you have never tried Indian cuisine, now is your chance with the Indian Embassy in Ankara hosting "Gandhian Food Festival" on Jan 28, 2019.

The event, offered the best of Indian cuisine. Rakesh Singh, the head chef, also prepared some of Gandhi's most favorite dishes. One of them, khichadi, is a popular dish made of rice and lentil, seasoned with curry, cumin, pepper and oil.

If you are eager to taste the famous paneer butter masala - a sweet-sour dish made with cheese, tomato sauce, butter and cream - you are also in the right place.

Speaking to the press at the opening ceremony, Indian Ambassador to Turkey Sanjay Bhattacharyya said that Turkey and India has a long history of spice trade that goes back thousands of years. He also pointed out the similarities between Indian and Turkish cuisines and said that the spicy food of India is similar to the local cuisines of ?anl?urfa and Gaziantep, which boasts a UNESCO-recognized culinary tradition.


An Evening with Gandhi

Embassy of Indian organized,‘An Evening with Gandhi’, a program for the Turkish and Diplomatic community in Ankara. During that program, documentaries featuring life of Mahatma Gandhi were featured. Gandhiji’sfavoruitebhajan‘Vaishnav Jan To’, sung by renowned Turkish singer SeherCagatay. The expatriates, Turkish and Diplomatic communities appreciated the content.

Mahatma Gandhi Peace Walk

October 02, 2018

Embassy of India, in collaboration with Turkish authorities, organized “Gandhi Peace Walk” at 0800 hours on 2nd October 2018 at Segmenler Park, Cankaya, Ankara as part of the commemorative celebrations for 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.  People from all walks of life, all ages and all nationalities joined the march, which is being held for the first time in Ankara. Efkan Ala, the MP from Bursa and President of the India-Turkey Parliamentary Friendship Group and OzcanPurcu, a CHP MP from Izmir presided over the function.

2nd October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, has been declared as the International Day of Non-Violence by the UN General Assembly. A number of events are planned throughout the year to recall the spirit and relevance of Mahatma Gandhi as part of his 150th birth anniversary celebrations

India’s freedom struggle owes its success to the independence movement led by Mahatma Gandhi, based on non-violence and non-cooperation. His conviction that truth is the ultimate weapon won mass support and revived pride in our heritage and culture.  Mahatma Gandhi’s principles and faith in non violence found many adherents across the globe, including Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and many others.  It continues to have strong relevance even today and provides a path for conflict resolution that is both attainable and sustainable.

The Peace Walk in Ankara featured offering of flowers, singing his favorite song and release of commemorative stamps on Mahatma Gandhi, Then the international community proceeded on the walk in the park. Participants held placards bearing their favourite Gandhi message.