Imphal: Manipur governor La. Ganesan and chief minister N. Biren Singh have greeted the people of Manipur on Gandhi Jayanti which is also observed as the “National Cleanliness Day”.
Mahatma Gandhiji’s message for peaceful co-existence has become increasingly relevant in the present situation of Manipur which is representative of a miniature India, to ensure peace and harmony in society. Mahatma Gandhi led the nation in its struggle for freedom from the British colonial rule by using non-violence (Altimsa) as his inest powerful weapm. Mahatma Gandhi was a real “Kannayogi”, an apostle of truth and non-violence, a symbol of indomitable power of the soul that stead for the cause of the down-trodden and oppressed not only in India but also in other parts of the world. Mahatma Gandhi was the greatest theorist and practitioner of truth, non-violence and tolerance, Ganesan said.
“I would like to make an appeal to the presto generation to imbibe the virtue of non-violence, tolerance and humanism from the life of Mahatma Gandhi to that it will usher in a new era of hops and prosperity. While observing the day by cleaning our surroundings, we should resolve to maintain the state of cleanliness as a regular feature to make the National Cleanliness Day meaningful,” he said.
Extending his best wishes to the people Biren said it is the day on which the nation has also been observing the National Cleanliness Day as well every year. The United Nations also declared 2nd October as International Non-Violence Day to disseminate the message of non-violence to the world.
“Gandhi Jayanti reminds us to rededicate ourselves towards promoting amity, peace and tolerance. Gandhiji’s ideals, principles and philosophy have eternal value and have influenced many international leaders around the world. Gandhiji’s philosophy and thoughts are even more relevant in today’s world. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, let us pay tribute to the Father of the Nation by reminding ourselves and resolving steadfast to follow his principles,” the chief minister said.