Gaikhangam despises ‘parties’ spewing venom in society

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 6th Oct: While asserting that killers of Mahatma Gandhi, who advocated wisdom of truth and non-violence, were believer of violence, MPCC president Gaikhangam said that some political parties and organisations want violence more than any other means to achieve their target.
MPCC president, however, did not mention any political party or organisation endorsing violence to achieve their goal.
Addressing the gathering at the inaugural session of a one-day seminar in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi held at Congress Bhawan here Sunday, Gaikhangam pointed out that no religion preaches violence but those who follow religions fail to keep this doctrine. There will be no fighting if every human treats God with fear, he said, adding that Mahatma Gandhi gave equal treatment to every language, religion and culture and it was his belief.
According to Gaikhangam, killing Mahatma Gandhi indicated that the killers wanted violence and did not belief in truth. As actions are louder than speeches, some political parties and organisations of India want violence more and this is being exhibited in their actions, he said while maintaining that violence filled the thought of these parties and organisations.
At the time when there was arms race and nuclear weapons shall conquer the world, Mahatma Gandhi with torn clothes fought it with non-violence even as western countries made mockery of his movement. However, it is getting clearer throughout the globe now that Gandhi’s non-violent movement and wisdom was the best path and many continue to appreciate his movement. Obviously due to this, the United Nations has been observing his birth day October 2 as International Day of Non-Violence every year and this indicates that Gandhi’s thought is clearly right, Gaikhangam said, adding that the seminar was organised with the belief that discussion on Gandhian Thought is relevant with the present period. There is no other principle than the Gandhian Thought to bring peace in the world, he maintained but expressed regret that some organisations and parties in India are trying to uproot the wisdom and thought of Gandhi when there is strong desire to understand his thought across the globe. It was very unfortunate that some political parties and organisations in India are trying to divide people and incite enmity among communities, he said, while adding that Gandhi’s wisdom and thought will become more meaningful as time passes.
The state Congress chief also inaugurated the 1st State Level Sport Painting Competition 2019 organised by City District Youth Congress Committee at Nongmeibung Community Hall on Sunday in connection with the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi.
Stating that the number of people who render good works is much lesser than the number of people who commit sinful works thereby creating disorder and conflict across the world, Gaikhangam called upon the people of the state to lay hold of political, religious and social philosophy conceptualised by Mahatma Gandhi so as to build a violent-free society where there is no discrimination on the basis of caste and religion.
He observed that one could benefit immensely from the Father of Nation’s ideologies and become a good citizen who would always realise his responsibility towards nation building and adverse effects of violence in the society for which Mahatma Gandhi fought till his death. He also advised the younger generation to infuse the influential preaching of the freedom fighter that there would be peace and prosperity in a society only when the people take a pledge to become a responsible citizen and always abstain from indulging in violence.
It would also prove gainful for the state if its people spread the ideas behind the non-violence movement and doctrine of trusteeship conceived by Mahatma Gandhi for ensuring peace and contribution of business houses towards social well-being, the seasoned politician averred.
The opening session of the seminar held at Congress Bhawan was presided over by MPCC vice-president M Okendro and divided into two sessions.
The first session moderated by Dr Kh Ratankumar Singh had professor Ksh Bimola of Manipur University as resource person and she presented a paper on ‘Mahatma Gandhi as champion of non-violence movement’. Dr M Ramananda Singh of Kirori Mal college, Delhi University also presented a paper on ‘Mahatma Gandhi: Eradication of untouchability in promoting unity in diversity in India’ as another resource person in the same session.
In the second session moderated by MPCC general secretary Kh Debabrata, Dr Th Bharat Singh of Manipur University presented a paper on ‘Gandhian thought in contemporary society’ as resource person while another resource person professor Chinglen Maisnam also of Manipur University presented a paper on ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s view of rural self-sufficiency and present day agrarian crisis’ in the same session.
On the other-hand, the Nongmeibung event had social worker Huirem Bikramjit; MPCC spokesperson Bhupendrajit; MPYC president Amir Hussain; vice-president Dilipkumar; general secretary N Mahananda; City District Youth Congress president Tondon Iromcha; Wangkhei AC MLA O Henry and MPCC secretary Ranjit as presidium members.
To mark the occasion, an on-the-spot painting competition was conducted in two categories wherein 137 students participated. Class IV to Class VI students competed in the first category while Class VII to Class IX students in the second category. Guinesh Salam of Ramkrishna Mission; Julian Loitongbam of Kendriya Vidyalaya (No 2), Langjing and Ngangbam Nipilen of RK Sanatombi Devi Vidyalaya secured first, second and third position in the first category while Marjin Tongbram of Pitambara English School; Ribitson Maibam of Wangkhei High School and Suraj Yumlembam of Maria Montessori Secondary School won first, second and third position in the second category. They were awarded cash prize,


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