Gandhigiri on the streets of Berlin
Indian expatriates lead a peace march through the city streets to draw attention to the brutal battering of Indians at a fair by Neo Nazis, reports Rahul Singh.india Updated: Sep 08, 2007 03:32 IST
Now even Forbes’s “world’s most powerful woman” knows what Gandhigiri is. Inspired by Lage Raho Munnabhai, Indian expatriates in Berlin delivered roses at Chancellor Angela Merkel’s official residence in Berlin to draw attention to the brutal battering of Indians by xenophobic Neo Nazis at a fair in Mugeln-Saxonia on August 18.
The Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) marshalled over 250 supporters, including a few Germans and Africans, who marched through the streets of Berlin on Sunday clutching flowers in their hands and waving the Indian flag.
Barjinder Sodhi, who heads the Berlin chapter of GOPIO and led the peace march, told HT that the brainwave came straight from Gandhigiri, the underlying theme of the smash hit movie. “We are confident of winning hearts without disturbing the calm. We have full faith in the German government and refuse to be intimidated by the misdeeds of a small group of hotheads,” he said.
The Indians have submitted a memorandum to Maria Bohmer, the minister of state for integration in the federal chancellery, demanding that the offenders be punished and the police’s probe report into the assault be made public.
First Published: Sep 08, 2007 03:06 IST