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Sonia inducts Rahul in Cong for Satyagraha meet

india Updated: Jan 28, 2007 23:59 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi named her son Rahul Gandhi among ten others who will form the official delegation for a two-day conclave of world leaders from Monday to celebrate the centenary of 'Satyagraha', a non-violent form of protest introduced by Mahatma Gandhi to oppose oppression.

An AICC release on Sunday said the team, which will be led by former Union Minister Margaret Alva, will share its views on relevance of Gandhi's ideology and values at the meet to be inaugurated by Sonia Gandhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will also address the meet.

Other team members are Tushar Gandhi, Shakeel Ahmed, Kumari Selja, Ajay Maken, Ramesh Chennithala, Bharat Solanki, Jitin Prasada, K A Sangtam and Meenakshi Natrajan.

Sonia Gandhi spent Sunday meeting the visiting leaders who included a South African delegation led by ANC chairman Patrik Lekota. She also met Italian Deputy Prime Minister Franesco Rutelli Greek Socialist Party president George Papandreaou, Pakistan National Awami Party chief Asfandyar Khan and former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda.

In all, 83 world leaders are turning for the conference titled 'Peace, Non-Violence and Empowerment: Gandhian Philosophy in the 21st Century' -- being organised by the Congress party to celebrate the centenary of one of the greatest movements of the world.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has deputed a senior official to represent the ruling Party at the international conference, a report from Beijing said. The deputy head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, Liu Hongcai will represent the CPC at the conference.

The leaders who are expected at the conference include prime ministers or senior ministers from several countries, including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Spain, Afghanistan, Italy, Sweden, South Africa and Slovenia.

Among the prominent persons attending the conference are Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mohd Yunus and Ahmed Kathrada Muttahida Quami Movement leader Farooq Sattar, will also take part in the conference.

"The aim of organising the conference is to acknowledge the historical contribution made by Gandhi and the values espoused by him, said Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma, who heads the organising committee.

"The event will provide an occasion to renew the commitment of our people to the noble mission of the Father of the Nation of building a world that is in peace and harmony with itself," Sharma said.

The conference will see deliberations on issues like conflict resolution and peace-building, towards a nuclear weapons free and non-violent world order and dialogue among peoples and cultures.

The event will conclude with a 'Satyagraha centenary declaration'. An exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the progress of Satyagraha will also be held.

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