Representatives from the city of Bellevue, The Gandhi Foundation, Federation of Indian-American Associations, and the Federation of Indian American Association Washington celebrated the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday. Courtesy Photo

Representatives from the city of Bellevue, The Gandhi Foundation, Federation of Indian-American Associations, and the Federation of Indian American Association Washington celebrated the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday. Courtesy Photo

Indian-American groups celebrate Gandhi’s 150th birthday at Bellevue Library

Indian-American groups and city representatives celebrated of Gandhi’s 150th birthday on Oct. 2.

Representatives from The Gandhi Foundation, city of Bellevue, and others attended a celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday at the Bellevue Library on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Just outside the Bellevue Library stands a statue of Gandhi himself, installed in 2009 by the National Federation of Indian-American Associations (NFIAA) and the Federation of Indian American Association Washington (FIAWA).

The recognition of Gandhi’s 150th birthday had attendees from the NFIAA, FIAA, The Gandhi Foundation, along with Bellevue Mayor John Chelminiak and Bellevue City Councilmember Conrad Lee. Many of the attendees spoke to the group about Gandhi’s message and the meaning of his ideals in Bellevue.

Gandhi was an Indian activist from the Indian independence movement who spoke out against British rule. He was assassinated in 1948.

Twisha and Prem Prakash, both board members of the United Kingdom-based organization The Gandhi Foundation, helped to organize the gathering. Now Bellevue residents, they spoke about how they have been inspired by Gandhi’s ideals and how they give back through the foundation.

The foundation was founded by the late English actor, filmmaker and politician Richard Attenborough, and works to promote Gandhi’s teaching through educational events and sponsors schools in India.

“Incessant rain did not deter people from staying back and speaking at length about Gandhi, India, life as an immigrant in America and achievements of both nations,” Twisha said of the local celebration.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Life

‘Don’t assume it can’t happen to you’

Federal Way resident Evelyn Allcorn shares story of her husband’s battle with COVID-19 after he tested positive on March 28.

Meet The Bored Baker of Bellevue

Youth keeps busy with blog during down time from school closures.

Savannah Lynn and Will Chadek in the Second Story Repertory of Redmond’s production of “The Fantasticks.” “The Fantasticks” had been performed three times by the organization until coronavirus concerns resulted in the cancellation of the remaining dates. Photo by Michael Brunk
How is the coronavirus affecting the arts?

Representatives from Eastside arts institutions discuss their experiences.

KCLS: Much to celebrate from 2019 and in the year ahead

A column from the King County Library System.

Neighborhood Enhancement Program comes to Crossroads

A “kickoff” meeting was held on Jan. 22.

Centro Cultural Mexicano exhibit opens doors to discussions on immigration, border issues

“Border Doors” features art by students who have visited the United States-Mexico border.

Photo courtesy Studio East
                                Shot from a 2012 performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Studio East, StoryBook theater announce winter shows

Programming includes “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “The Tempest” and “Little Red.”

Photo by Claire Albright
                                The Bellevue Ice Rink has various events throughout the season, such as stroller skate days, free skate lessons, Husky Skate Day, and Jedi Skate Night. These help switch up the typical skating experience.
Time to say goodbye to Bellevue Ice Rink for season

Taking a look behind-the-scenes of the Bellevue Ice Rink as the break-down process begins

Business perspective for the new year | Financial advice column

A monthly business column from a local financial adviser.

Award-winning play ‘The Good Adoptee’ coming to Mercer Island

The autobiographical drama was penned by acclaimed playwright Suzanne Bachner.

The time for gratitude is now | Health column

Being grateful for the present and focusing on what you have versus what you don’t have is the key to mindfulness.

Embrace the struggle for a complete picture | Health column

A monthly column about mindfulness and general wellbeing.