Posted on 13. Oct, 2010 in News

The Premier, John Brumby, has been presented with a 2010 Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award from the Hindu Foundation of Australia.

The Mahatma Gandhi Peace Awards are held annually and coincide with the birthday of Gandhi  on October 2, 1869. They celebrate Gandhi’s legacy for world peace, non violence and harmonious living, by recognising people who have contributed towards these aims. 

Mr Brumby was presented with the Award for his role in role in bringing the Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR) to Melbourne in 2009.

“I am very proud to accept the Mahatma Gandhi Award which I see as an award for the Victorian people and their commitment to promoting harmony across our community,” Mr Brumby said.

“Victorians are proud of our diverse multicultural heritage and that’s why our Government is proud to support programs, organisations and events that both promote and strengthen our rich multiculturalism.  

“Victorians are a multicultural and diverse people. We come from over 200 countries, speak more than 230 languages and dialects and follow more than 120 different faiths.

“The Parliament of the World’s Religions brought together Victorians and conference delegates from across the world to share traditions, cultures and friendships.  We believe in the right of all Victorians, of all backgrounds, to live without fear of racial and religious discrimination. 

“That’s why we provided $2 million in funding to hold the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne in 2009 – we wanted to leave a legacy for promoting community harmony and understanding in Victoria.”

Mr Brumby thanked the Hindu Foundation of Australia and also acknowledged the work of the Board of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

“I would also like to congratulate the Board, which has also been presented with an Award, for its outstanding work in facilitating such a successful event,” he said.

The Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award was presented to Mr Brumby by Executive Director of the Hindu Foundation of Australia, Mr Abhay Awasthi. Mr Awashti said the Premier was a deserving recipient of the Award.

“We established the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award five years ago to recognise individuals and organisations that support the principles espoused by Gandhi,” Mr Awasthi said.

“The Premier was nominated for this Award for his personal commitment, facilitation and encouragement of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. 

“The Premier was also nominated on the basis of his enthusiastic support for the development and promotion of multiculturalism through the years, which has been widely applauded as the cornerstone for creating an atmosphere of communal peace and harmony throughout Victoria.”

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