The esteemed of Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, recently proclaimed that October 2 will be considered the yearly Mahatma Ghandi Day in the Windy City. The good mayor made the announcement at the annual Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi luncheon in the presence of Senator Dick Durbin, CEO of World Business Chicago Andrea Zopp, and First Lady Amy Eshelman, along with Smita Shah, who is the head of the event. This was a project of the Chicago Sisters of the International Delhi Committee.
The proclamation of the local government head marks the 150th anniversary that commemorates the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, who is an iconic figure all over the world for his work to free the Indian people under years of British ruling that was oppressive to their culture. His protest was non violent in origin to defend and protect his country and his countrymen’s identity. Many people idolize him and look up to his works because he exhibits that peace and harmony can be possible to achieve from two opposing factions without creating any war and destruction.
The announcement actually preserves the future for all kids and protects the legacy of this political activist and leader in India and the rest of the world. On top of that, this proclamation protects the deep roots of the Indian culture that has been established all over the city, with many of them who call the town home. With the vast Indian community in Chicago, it is but right to celebrate the bonds of the Indian community and the general populace, who have been generally tolerant and welcoming in spite of their glaring physical and cultural differences. This move further enhances unity and appreciation.
Smita Shah happens to be the and CEO of Spaan Technology, a company that contribute so much to the city. An engineer by profession, and now turned entrepreneur, Shah’s business is responsible for the many past successful builds and current on-going construction in the various key sectors of Chicago. Shah said that she is thrilled and appreciative of the mayor’s efforts to recognize their country’s hero, which in turn honors the efforts of the Indian community for the town. It is also a personal victory for Smitah Shah because she organized the luncheon herself and is the founder of the annual event herself, which has been ongoing for 5 years now. Learn more: https://www.thechicagonetwork.org/members/smita-shah/
She said that she purposely set up the luncheon, so that she and her countrymen can celebrate the lessons learned from India’s number one hero. It is also a celebration of the country’s freedom from the British empire, so they can be free enough to relish their own ways of doing things. On top of that, Smita Shah said another goal of the luncheon is to show that it is totally possible for peace, tolerance, and acceptance to reign supreme even in the very diverse city Chicago, with all the various ethnic communities living in town. By honoring Mahatma Gandhi, it is a reminder for people that just about anyone can create an impact in someone else’s life. The event also reiterates how crucial it is to work together and to live in harmony and peace.