Gandhiji’s Swadeshi principle is a guiding light to all of us during these testing times, said honorable medical education minister Dr K Sudhakar.
He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the video conference session held as part of the Two-Year Gandhi-150 celebrations by Gandhi-King Foundation, on Friday.
Noble Peace Laureate Dr. Ira Helfand, Ekaterina Zagladina, President of Permanent Secretariat of World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad Prof. Appa Rao Poldile, Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Prof. Saket Kushwaha, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith Prof. Anamik Shah, Chairman, President, and Trustees of Gandhi-King Foundation participated in the programme.
The minister said that Mahatma Gandhiji’s principles of “Swadeshi, Swacchata, and Sarvodaya” can help us mitigate the virus and the challenges it has brought along.
Gandhiji understood troubles of poverty, ignorance, intolerance, and diseases and saw the need to break free from these shackles, he said. There is a need for younger generation, students, innovators, and all other flag-bearers of our democracy to understand this. We must also respect one another and uphold democratic values, he opined.
Gandhiji’s ideals extend beyond politics, said the minister. With his philosophy embedded in humanity, he will continue to stay relevant and inspire people. He is alive in the hearts of millions of people across the world irrespective of race, caste, creed, and religion, he added.
BJP government at the Centre has given primacy to people’s participation through Swachh Bharat Mission and Digital India. People are now leading these campaigns themselves, the Minister said.
Martin Luther King Jr. too was deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhiji and his principle of non-violence, noted Dr Sudhakar. In one way or another, people have encountered his works, teachings, principles and wisdom while manoeuvring through the systems of social life, he said.
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