100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's return to India

A number of events were held to mark 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi's return to India from South Africa, where he stayed for over 21 years. On January 9, 1915 the Mahatma reached Mumbai and a small launch carrying some of Mumbai's prominent citizens set off from the newly built Gateway of India to greet the SS Arabia mail boat that had ferried Gandhi and his wife Kasturba. To mark the occasion, the Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal, a Gandhian Charitable Trust, organised a rally from the Gateway of India to Mumbai University convocation hall in South Mumbai. The procession was made up of college students and people dressed up as Gandhiji and Kasturba, who were welcomed by freedom fighter G G Parikh. A video showing Gandhiji was also screened. The Congress party held a march from the Gateway of India to the Gandhi statue near Mantralaya, in which party leaders Mohan Prakash, Digvijay Singh, Prithiviraj Chavan and Narayan Rane participated.