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A slice of UK in India

india Updated: Dec 21, 2006 14:24 IST
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Francis Maude, chairman of the Conservative Party, has been invited to attend celebrations in New Delhi next month commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi launching his satyagraha movement.

The invitation for the Jan 29 and 30 celebrations was extended to him by Indian High Commissioner Kamlesh Sharma at the Conservative party office here on Wednesday.

The Indian government has organised the event to celebrate the centenary of the start of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent protests in South Africa.

Maude said after the meeting with Sharma: "I am deeply honoured that His Excellency Kamlesh Sharma came in person to invite the Conservative Party to join in these celebrations.

"They commemorate an early milestone in Gandhi's long struggle for Indian independence. Gandhi was an inspirational character whose life of self-sacrifice and dedication to others will long be remembered.

"We can all benefit from reading Gandhi's teachings, with their emphasis on the power of the peace to prevail. The Conservative Party is changing to better represent modern Britain.

"I know we have more work to do. It is by becoming a totally inclusive party that we can hope to encourage greater cohesion so that all communities in this country live in peace and harmony."

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