Back to listApr 25, 2005

SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda Visits Gandhi Memorial Hall in New Delhi, India; Attends Representative Bharat Soka Gakkai Leaders' Meeting at Bodhi Tree Garden

SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda (left) with Professor K.D. Gangrade (2nd from left), Dr. Savita Singh (right) and Tara Bhattacharya (2nd from right)

On April 21, SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda, in India on behalf of his father, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, visited the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (Gandhi Memorial Hall) in New Delhi. Mr. Ikeda met with the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Vice Chair Professor K.D. Gangrade, Director Dr. Savita Singh and Tara Bhattacharya, Mahatma Gandhi's granddaughter. Mr. Ikeda viewed an exhibition integrating visual imagery, music and the latest computer technology.

BSG members

On the same day, Vice President Ikeda attended a Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) leaders' meeting commemorating May 3, at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden, in a suburb of New Delhi. BSG Chair Gopinath Menon reported on the first "Award for Oneness of Mahavir and Mahatma" presented by the Times Foundation to the SGI President, along with eight other recipients. He also reported on BSG's membership growth to 25,000. Mr. Ikeda remarked that BSG's growth reflects Nichiren's writings in which he refers to the eastward transmission of Buddhism to Japan in the Former and Middle Days of the Law and its eventual return to its birthplace, the "land of the moon," India.