India Association of Rhode Island to Celebrate Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Day at State House, Organizes Essay Competition

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PROVIDENCE, RI– India Association of Rhode Island, known as IARI, will commemorate Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Day and advocate for peace, non-violence and tolerance at the Rhode Island State House on Jan. 31.

On this occasion, IARI are inviting students from Grade 5 to Grade 12  to participate in an essay competition and share their views and thoughts  on the topic of Non Violence.

“This competition is open to members and non-members of IARI,” IARI President Nikhil Shah said in a letter sent to IARI members and supporters.

He said that considering today’s political climate, the topic for this year’s competition has been aptly chosen is a quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “An Eye for an Eye only makes the whole world blind.”

Mahatma Gandhi, known as the Father of Nation (India), was a great believer and proponent of the philosophy of non-violence. His actions and philosophy inspired several world leaders like Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Cesar Chavez, Barack Obama and others to bring  about social and political change in the society.

“Today his philosophy is greatly admired throughout the world,” said Shah. “As citizens of tomorrow, you will be responsible in bringing in change and making your mark on the world. In your own words, describe the phrase: “An Eye for an Eye only makes the whole world blind.”

Here are the guidelines for the essay:

  1. Grade: Essay Competition is open to students from Grade 5 to Grade 12.
  2. Word Limit: Essay has to be between 300-350 words. If not strictly followed, the submission will be disqualified.
  3. Font size: Use 12 point Times New Roman font and single space.
  4. Format: Submit your essay in PDF format with your NAME in the header of the document. GRADE and Name of School in the footer of the document.
  5. Simple structure: Use of simple sentence structure and vocabulary is encouraged.
  6. Clear & Concise: Please be clear and concise in communicating your thoughts. Please avoid the use of complex sentence structure and vocabulary to communicate your thoughts.
  7. Deadline: All entries for the competition to be received by Thursday January 25th 2018 by 12 midnight EST.
  8. Result: All entries will be judged and the winners will be declared on Sunday January 28th 2018.
  9. Submission: Please attach your PDF document in an email with subject line; Submission for Non-Violence Essay Competition. Once submitted make sure to check your email for “Submission Received” from IARI to ensure that your Essay was submitted for the competition. This is to ensure that submissions don’t end up in SPAM folders.
  10. Email id for submission is:-

The three best essay writers will get the opportunity to read their essay at the Rhode Island State House on Wednesday January 31st 2018.

All participants will receive a ‘State Citation’ for their job well done.

Please feel free to reach out to, with any question or concerns regarding the same.



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