The Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Anthony Albanese, visited India. In India, he visited the “Sabarmati Ashram,” which is located in Ahmedabad, and paid a heartfelt tribute to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
In the late afternoon, he landed at the city’s “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport” and immediately drove to the Ashram, which was Mahatma Gandhi’s old residence and one of the key locations of India’s independence struggle.
The chief minister of Gujarat, Mr. Bhupendra Patel, welcomed Mr. Albanese, who is travelling to India for 4 days. Mr. Patel also went on the Ashram tour with the guests.
A book on Mahatma Gandhi’s famous salt march, written by “Australian author Thomas Weber, was presented to the visiting leader on behalf of the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust by Sarabhai and other trustees.”
Albanese spent almost 20 minutes in the Ashram; the trustees also gifted him an exact replica of a “charkha,” or spinning wheel, and another book describing the “Father of the Nation’s life in Ahmedabad from 1915 to 1930.”
At Raj Bhavan in the state capital, Gandhinagar, Mr. Albanese celebrated Holi at the end of the day. According to a state government announcement, Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Patel welcomed him at Raj Bhavan by splashing him in color as a symbol of the Holi festivities.
Addressing the occasion, Mr. Albanese noted that even though this is his first official visit as the prime minister, he had visited India as a teenager in 1991 and stayed there for six weeks.
The visiting head of state made a separate announcement that the Australia-India “Education Qualification Recognition Mechanism” had been completed by both his nation and the Indian government.
According to Mr. Albanese, the establishment of Deakin University’s international campus in India was a great privilege.
Addressing the audience at the event, Chief Minister Patel declared that Gujarat has made it a goal to follow Prime Minister Modi’s leadership and develop into a hub for national and international education. In addition to mentioning the sister-city arrangement between Gujarat and New South Wales signed in 2018, he noted that Australia and Gujarat have historically had strong people-to-people ties.
Iain Martin, the vice chancellor of “Deakin University,” expressed his optimism that the “international campus in GIFT City” would start operating in 2024.