Pothashang News Service: Imphal, February, 15, 2020: In commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti organised a national seminar on ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s inclusive approach to humanity’ at Raj Bhawan, here on Saturday.
Manipur governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla said Mahatma Gandhi is recognized as the Father of this great nation. His struggle was first and foremost for the freedom and independence of the people of India. But his message was also one of universal relevance. His voice for humanity, equality, justice and non violence gained global recognition, she added.
In 2007, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, the 2nd of October, was declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Non-Violence, and is today celebrated all over the globe. Despite grand thoughts, his was a life of austerity, tolerance, courage and struggle. A person who stood up for what he believed in and who lived as he preached. He spent a total of approximately five years in prison and was imprisoned six times in South Africa and seven times in India. All are for freedom, human rights and justice, she said.
The celebration of Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary is a reminder of the continued relevance of his teachings and of their importance all over the world his teachings also remind us that change often begins at the individual level, and that we all, as human beings, have the capability to change the world through peaceful activism, she continued.
Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said there are so many strong weapons in today’s world. A single press to a switch can destroy the world four or five times. However, Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology for peace and Ahimsa saves the world. Whenever Ahimsa is there, world will be there and we will remember Gandhiji. Mahatma Gandhi is beacon of peace and apostle of non-violence. His simple living, honesty, deadly against untouchability, racial discrimination etc can be guiding light for this complex generation and have relevance to the contemporary world, he added.
Founder of the Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, Acharya Lokesh Muni said unity in diversity is the fundamental feature of Indian culture, with the strength of unity in India’a diversity, if our social and family values are not secured, then India’s future will be in danger. Adopt a culture of connecting, not dividing. Support the truth and recognize it. For this, we have to adopt Gandhiji’s ideas. The unity in diversity of our country will have to be strengthened by following the principals of Mahatma, he added.
As part of the seminar, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Magazine ‘Aahwaan’ was released.
Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti is organising Peace and Harmony conclave in different states of the country to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and will organize 25 national seminars in almost all provinces of the country and last seminar will be held at the United Nations Headquaters in New York, a DIPR release said.