Left to Right: Major Peter Harrison (Army), WO Steve Perham (RAF), Raj Aggarwal and Lt Cdr Suzanne Lynch (Royal Navy)

Leading community pharmacist and board member of the National Pharmacy Association, Raj Aggarwal, led socially-distanced celebrations in Cardiff, Wales today (October 2) to mark the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Over 400 people turned up for the event held at Cardiff City Hall, which also saw in attendance Gurmit Randhawa, president, Sikh Council of Wales and Taraksnathan Dasa, president of ISKCON Wales (a Hindu religious body), alongside representatives from the armed services – the Army, RAF and Royal Navy.

L to R: Gurmit Randhawa, Raj Aggarwal and Taraksnathan Dasa

Aggarwal, who also is the first-ever Indian honorary consul for Wales, said: “In these times of Covid it’s more important that ever to remember the teachings of Gandhi and remind ourselves of his wisdom.

“Many of his words are extremely poignant at this time, in particular Gandhi said: “The future depends on what you do today,” and that has such important relevance to our current situation. He also said: “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed,”
and we should pause and reflect and use this time to reset our priorities to the things that really matter in our lives.”

Aggarwal lays rose petals at the feet of the Gandhi Statue

The day was marked by an official Indian government event at the statue of Gandhi near the Millennium Centre at the end of Lloyd George Avenue in Cardiff Bay.

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