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Inauguration ceremony


Present were:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bhutan
Bolivia
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burma
Burundi
China (Nationalist)
China (Communist)
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Central African Rep.
Ceylon
Chad
Chile
Columbia
Congo
Congo (Kinshasa)
Costa Rica
Cuba
Cyprus
Czechoslovakia
Dahomey
Denmark
Dominican Rep.
Equador
El Salvador
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guatemala
Guinea
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
India (23 States)
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Korea
Kuwait
Laos
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Luxembourg
Malagasy
Malta
Malaysia
Mauritius
Mali
Morocco
Mauritania
Mexico
Mongolia
Mozambique
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Rhodesia
Romania
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Sikkim
Singapore
Somalia
South Africa
South Yemen
Spain
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tunisia
Turkey
Tibet
Uganda
USSR
UAR
UK
USA
Upper Volta
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yugoslavia
Zambia

Forty five years ago, on February 28th, 1968, the bare, concise and yet far-reaching words of the Charter of Auroville were read out in French by the Mother from her room in Pondicherry, and broadcast live. Thereafter the Charter was read in 16 languages, in the following order: Tamil, Sanskrit, English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Tibetan.

Her words were, at the time, directed to five thousand persons gathered around an amphitheatre on a barren, almost treeless plateau in south India.

They were gathered for the foundation ceremony of Auroville.

Nearby, only a lone banyan tree stood in an expanse of dust and sun-baked earth...


As the soil from 124 nations and 23 Indian states was placed by youth from those countries and states in a raised marble urn, a challenging experiment was born on Indian soil.

 

The late Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi described Auroville as:

An exciting project for bringing about harmony among different cultures and for understanding the environmental needs of man's spiritual growth.

 


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