New Delhi: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik attended the meeting of the National Committee under the Chairmanship of President of India to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, convened by Ministry of Culture in Rashtrapati Bhavan today. Hon’ble Vice President of India, Prime Minister of India, Chief Justice of India, Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of various States, foreign dignitaries and other distinguished personalities also attended the meeting.
Hon’ble Chief Minister in his address highlighted that the most important aspect of Mahatma Gandhi’s doctrine of non-violence is that poverty and social injustice are the greatest violence. Quoting Gandhiji he stated that as long as poverty exists, freedom is only a wooden loaf. To remove poverty is the greatest task faced by any Government. He underlined that this cannot be achieved without following Gandhiji’s principle of Ahimsa/ Non-violence.
Chief Minister emphasized that progress requires peace and defeat of those who divide society on the basis of class, caste or religion. He believed that the greatest tribute India could pay Gandhiji on his 150th Birth Anniversary, is to include the ‘uniquely’ Indian ideal of Ahimsa/ Non-violence, in the Preamble of our Constitution. Hon’ble Chief Minister stressed that this measure will ensure that future generations
not just of Indians but also people around the world, are reminded of the profound truth of this principle of Ahimsa.