Seychelles to recognize Indian contributions with bust of Mahatma Gandhi


The Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange announced during the launch of the fourth Seychelles-India Day celebrations at the International Conference Centre of Seychelles that a bust of the great Indian statesman, politician, and leader of the country’s independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi, will be placed in an approved location in the Seychelles capital of Victoria.

Minister St.Ange said the government of Seychelles recognizes the important contributions that the Indian leader has made across nations, and the influences set by him needs to be treasured.

Present at the ceremony when the announcement was made were the former President Sir James Mancham, Designated Minister Vincent Meriton, several other ministers, secretary of state Barry Faure, Indian high commissioner to Seychelles Sanjay Panda and other members of the diplomatic corps, principal secretaries and chief executives of various departments, members of the Indian community in Seychelles among others.

Also present were the international artists who had flown in from India to take part in the Seychelles-India Day 2016 such as actor and playback singer Udit Narayan Jha and television anchor, actress and model Shibani Dandekar.

Speaking about Mahatma Gandhi, Minister St.Ange said it is vital that we recognize him and give him due prominence in Seychelles.

Minister St.Ange also thanked the Indian community in Seychelles for their contributions made in our society and in helping to build our nation.

“Seychelles needs its Indian community. We are proud to have you, we value your presence and we look forward to working with you to help in the development of our country,” Minister St.Ange said.

He added that India has become a good source market for Seychelles and work will continue to ensure that we do increase the number of visitors hailing from this part of the world.

The chairperson of the Seychelles-India Day committee Ramu Pillay thanked the government of Seychelles for firstly adding the Seychelles-India Day on the national calendar of events.

Mr. Pillay also echoed words of thanks to Minister St.Ange and his team for supporting the committee and for helping to make the Seychelles-India a successful national event.

On his part, high commissioner Panda said he is happy to hear that a monument of one of the world’s greatest leaders will be placed in Victoria.

He added that the Seychelles-India Day showcases not only the culture of India but its various colors, sights and sounds.

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Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP).