Sir Ben Kingsley was guest of honor on Saturday 11 October 2008 at a special screening of the award-winning film, Gandhi, at the Second Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi.
Imagine what Mahatma Gandhi would say to the audience if was given a few words before the screening.
He would feel uncomfortable about being put up in the Emirates Palace like Ben Kingsley.
He would affirm Islam, highlight its commitment to peace and denounce acts of terrorism done in the name of religion.
He would be commendatory about the encouragement of women to serve in positions of the UAE government.
Visiting the ‘richest city in the world’ Gandhi would urge a life of simplicity and the wise stewardship of resources especially for the care of the poor.
Gandhi would admit surprise at the absence of elections in the UAE and the banning of peaceful protest.
He would ask serious questions about the low wages and poor conditions of many of his fellow countrymen who are building the skyscrapers and palaces in the cities of the Emirates.
He would urge UAE leaders to denounce war and be leaders in the cause of world peace.
What a good think for the film on Gandhi to be screened in the UAE. As Gandhi often said, “My life is my message.”
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Wikipedia.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Wikiquote.
Dr Geoff Pound
Image: Imagine Mahatma Gandhi in dhoti and shawl outside the Emirates Palace.
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