Gandhi Jayanti 2016


Antwerp Provincial Building



Statue of Mahatma Gandhi


Sunday October 2 at 11:00 a.m.



Opening of Ceremonies: Songs of Praise and Prayers by the Ladies of the Antwerp Indian Community


Welcome by Madame Governor Cathy Berx: Gandhi Address


Words of Welcome and sharing by His Excellency Shri Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador of India to Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union



Presentation of Garland and Flowers on behalf of the Province of Antwerp by Mrs. Governor and on behalf of the Indian Embassy by His Excellency the Ambassador of India


The Right Honourable Baron Marc Bossuyt, Emeritus President of the Belgian Constitutional Court on the importance of mahatma Gandhi for the development of Constitutional Law


Academic presentation by Professor Idesbald Godeeris , Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven , “Mahatma Gandhi in World History.”


Mr Bart De Wever, Burgomaster of the City of Antwerp Gandhi message and presentation of a Garland on behalf of the City of Antwerp.


Mr Mehul Kothari, Chairman of the Antwerp Indian Association, will say a few words on behalf of the Indian Community of Antwerp.


Followed by the presentations of garlands by


Madame Louise Nganza Ramazani, Dean of the Consular Corps of Antwerp,

The Right Honorable Etienne De Groot, President of the Belgian Constitutional Court

Mr Ludo Van Campenhout, Vice Mayor and Alderman of the City of Antwerp

Mr Philip Heylen, Alderman of City of Antwerp,

Mr Mehul Kothari, Chairman of the Antwerp Indian Association

Marc A.Huybrechts, H.Consul General of India in Antwerp with the assistance of Mr. Hiren Shah, member of the Consular Task Force.


Close of the Gandhi Jayanti ceremony


National Anthem


A variety of Refreshments will be served after the ceremony to which all participants are kindly are invited.


The Consulate General of India expresses thanks to the Board of the AIA for their generous and active support.



Marc A Huybrechts

Honorary Consul General of India

Antwerp October 2, 2016