Dear Friends: 

On Wednesday Jan 31 2018, India Association of Rhode Island (IARI) will have the opportunity to commemorate ‘Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Day’  and advocate for Peace, Nonviolence and Tolerance at the Rhode Island State House.

On this occasion we are inviting students  from Grade 5 to Grade 12  to actively  participate in a ‘Essay Competition’ and share with us their views and thoughts  on the topic of Non Violence. This competition is open to members and non-members of IARI.  Considering today’s political climate, the topic for this year’s competition has been aptly chosen.

“An Eye for an Eye only makes the whole world blind.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Father of Nation (India), Mahatma Gandhi, was great believer and proponent of the philosophy of ‘Nonviolence’. His actions and philosophy have 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.

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”


  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:- Contact@Indiari.org

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 contact@indiari.org, with any question or concerns regarding the same. 

Thank you.

When: January 31, 2018, 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: 82 Smith St, Providence, RI 02903

About IARI

The India Association of Rhode Island (IARI) is a non-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization that strives to represent the various issues concerning a growing Asian-Indian community in the State of Rhode Island.

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