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International Mandela Day that was celebrated on 18th July 2012, the world over, also took New Delhi in its joyful grip. Sun Foundation and The Free Soul Riders joined the South African High Commission in New Delhi and millions throughout the World in celebrating the birth of former South African President Nelson Mandela — one of the world's greatest Icons and a living legend of humanity. It was a privilege to fulfill the vision of International Mandela Day by joining in the global platform “Take action, inspire change, make every day a Mandela Day.”

Rajghat was carefully chosen as the preferred venue due to its great significance and symbolism because Mahatma Gandhi had a very influential role in shaping of the ideology of Nelson Mandela and in the history of South Africa. Nelson Mandela was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s non violence concept and introduced it to the politics of South Africa in the fight against apartheid through “passive resistance.”

Smt. Shiela Dikshit, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi and Prof. Rajmohan Gandhi, great author and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Padma Shri Vikramjit Sahney, Chairman Sun Foundation & H.E. Harris Majeke, High Commissioner of South Africa, New Delhi graced the occasion and shared heartfelt and inspiring messages on Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi as also on the long standing relationship between India and South Africa. The event was made even more jubilant with music, songs of joy and film on Mandela. Vikramjit Sahney announced the setting up of ‘Nelson Mandela Old Age Home’ in South Africa on this great occassion Speaking on the occasion, Vikramjit Sahney rightly said, " Our mission is to spread the message of Nelson Mandela to each household world wide that we must strive for non-racial, non-violent global community that is healthy in mind, body and spirit."

Sun Foundation together with its Chairman Vikramjit Sahney in his selfless service to the society took great pride in saluting Mandela who has had great impact the world over.

All in all, it was truly commemorative day that honoured the legacy of Nelson Mandela, his values and messages towards a better world.