Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary celebrations at the Vidhan Sabha complex here. CM also vowed to take steps for creation of a safer and secure environment for women.
Stressing on Bapu’s ‘Fear not, Frighten not’ formula Governor said, “Bapu rejected any kind of negativity or pessimism in the society. He was beaten up numerous times, and even thrown into gutter for his ideals. But he stood up for his rights and showed others the way.”
“Even an 80-year old using charkha (during Swadeshi Movement) felt that he/she became part of ‘Jan Andolan’ and hence part of the Independence movement too.”
“Just like Sri Ram, Sri Krishna, Chanakya, Samartha Ramdas, and even Odisha’s Madhusudan Das, and the Paikas; Gandhiji spearheaded a national Jan Andolan. His huge contribution to India’s Independence has seen awe and inspiration for many around the world,” concluded Odisha Governor.
Speaking on the event, CM Naveen said, “Today on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we should remember his principles and particularly that of non-violence. We have demanded to include Ahimsa (non-violence) as part of Preamble. We thank everyone who showed solidarity with this demand through a successful signature campaign.”
“It is the need of the hour to follow the non-violent way of life. This will solve a lot of problems in today’s society.”
Pegging Mahatma Gandhi as the symbol of national integration, the Chief Minister said, “Gandhi Ji was not a political personality but rather a coalescing force for Hindus and Muslims and a top-notch social reformer. His mesmerizing personality unified India.”