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Indiana State to re-dedicate plaque, tree honoring Gandhi

July 12, 2017

A new plaque commemorating Indiana State University's Mahatma Gandhi centennial observance will be held at 2 p.m. July 24 on the quad.

There will be a brief ceremony following the dedication of the new plaque. The plaque is being donated by Rumu Sarkar, who received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and her mother, Dipa Sarkar, who served as president of Terre Haute's India Association at the time of Gandhi's centennial observance on campus on May 5, 1970.

The original plaque was buried beneath leaves and mulch and did not mention that the tree was a gift of the India Association, so in observance of Gandhi's 147th birthday, Indiana State and the Terre Haute India Association will re-dedicate the plaque.

The new marker will be engraved with the following: "This tree was a gift of the Terre Haute India Association made on May 5, 1970 to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. India Association President, Dipa Sarkar, M.D., Dr. Narsi Patel, Professor of Sociology, ISU, Dr. Alan Rankin, President, ISU."

The plaque's unveiling ceremony will be conducted by Indiana State President Dan Bradley, Rumu Sarkar, Dipa Sarkar and Urmila Patel, wife of the late Narsi Patel, an Indiana State professor who was instrumental in organizing Gandhi's centenary celebration in 1970. The unveiling ceremony will include comments from Bradley and Dipa Sarkar.

Indiana State's celebration of Gandhi's centennial in 1970 included a seminar about the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule as well as the tree planting. The original plaque near the tree was donated by the India Association and etched with Gandhi's name and dates of his birth and death.

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or