The National, Monday 27th May 2013
SPEAKER Theodore Zurenuoc will lead a government delegation to India on the invitation of the government in New Delhi.
He said he was looking forward to the visit in August but did not elaborate on what they were going to do there.
Last Thursday, he received 66 volumes of the complete works of Mahatma Gandhi from the Indian High Commission in Port Moresby for the parliament’s library.
“The relationship between India and PNG existed prior to Independence when many Indian academics, scholars and lecturers taught in institutions of PNG,” he said.
He also thanked the Indian government for choosing the national parliament to be the custodians of Mahatma Gandhi’s books.
“Mahatma Gandhi was a great Indian (leader). He was a greatest philosopher, intellectual, charismatic and an inspiring leader,” he said.
“I hope that under my vision to re-store reform and modernise the PNG Parliament, leaders will find his writing and principles very good and enriching.”
He said Ghandi’s principles had relevance to society.
He thanked the Indian government for its contributions to the development of PNG.
“Without the contributions of your government, PNG may have a lofty and difficult climb to make,” he said.
Indian High Commissioner Dr AM Gondane said Mahatma Gandhi’s message of love, peace and non-violence was very relevant today in India, PNG and the wider world.