Antananarivo: Prime Minister of Republic of Madagascar Christian Ntsay today said that by switching from thermal to solar India has shown the light that it is possible to change. He described the transformation of Embassy of India Antananarivo into first clean and green Indian Embassy as a great achievement in the diplomatic world.
Inaugurating the solar power plant in a function organised at the Embassy of India, Antananarivo on the occasion of the grand finale of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi Mr. Ntsay said here today that switching from thermal to solar was a great challenge which India came over successfully.
Appreciating the change which he described as a great initiative and achievement, the PM said that “India is showing us now that it is possible to change for which we need to go beyond words”. India has made a difference, Mr. Ntsay said and congratulated the entire team for the great achievement.
He further emphasized that Madagascar was highly impressed by this achievement and expect all Embassies in Antananarivo and across the country to switch from fossil energy to solar energy. He said that the achievement of Indian Embassy was a learning lesson for everyone. The PM also expressed his pleasure for making a Malagasy company a partner in this mission.
Speaking about the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the International Day of Non-Violence, the PM Christian Ntsay said that in the context of India non-violence is key in terms of promoting democracy. India has made a definite link between non-violence and fighting climate change, he mentioned.
He further said that for promoting democracy in Madagascar, the country need to learn a lot from Mahatma Gandhi. Describing non-violence as the best way of promoting democracy in a new and developing country, he said that “we all see this as a model.”
The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Rahanirina B. Vahinala, also graced the event and speaking on the occasion said —“Mahatma Gandhi said—‘Be the change you want to see in the World’. She said that setting up such a solar power plant was an example of the change the world need and wish to see all over the globe.
Congratulating the Embassy on this initiative she said that it was a big step towards economic development without losing sight of environment.
The solar power plant was inaugurated jointly by the PM and the Ambassador of India to Madagascar and Comoros Abhay Kumar. Addressing the inaugural function, Ambassador Abhay Kumar said that Mahatma Gandhi was an ardent believer and practitioner of non-violence and his birth anniversary was also celebrated as the International Day of Non-violence.
He said that the non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi was not only towards other human beings but also towards nature.
Exasperated over the rampant violence towards nature he said that it has led to biodiversity loss, environmental pollution and climate change. “On his birthday and on international day of non-violence, we must commit ourselves to non-violence towards nature,” he exhorted.
Mr. Abhay Kumar said that embassy of India Antananarivo on the occasion of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi became the first Indian Embassy to go clean and green with the installation of 8KW power plant on its rooftop. He said that both India and Madagascar were members of International Solar Alliance and Antananarivo receives plenty of solar power throughout the year.
The event was attended by the Ambassador of the United States of America, Michael Pellitier, Head of UNDP in Madagascar Ms. Marie Dimond; UNIDO Country Representative, Ms. Volatiana Rakotondrazafy; WWF Country Director, Ms. Nanie R. and the Presidents of the Indian communities in Madagascar. They all paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on this occasion.