Gandhi’s principle of ‘Ahimsa’ relevant in face of violence in world: President

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 May 2018 11:03:25



WITH the world facing terrorism and other forms of violence, Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of ‘Ahimsa’ is very relevant, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Wednesday.

Gandhi strived to lead the country to not just political independence, but to a better India and a society free of caste, religious, economic and even gender prejudices, he said while chairing the first meeting of the national committee for the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation. “Mahatma Gandhi was India’s conscience keeper. The Mahatma is our past, he is our present and he is also our future,” he said. The principle of Ahimsa is relevant in today’s world, which is experiencing violence in the form of terrorism, he said. “In such times the values espoused by Mahatma Gandhi can guide our planet towards a better future,” the President said.

Gandhi was born in India but he does not belong to India alone and remains one of India’s greatest gifts to humankind, and his name finds resonance across the continents, he said. “Mahatma Gandhi was the inspiration for our largely non-violent, inclusive and democratic freedom struggle.
He remains the ethical benchmark against which we test public men and women, political ideas and govt policies, and the hopes and wishes of our country,” Kovind said.