Gandhiji in global scenario: Chief Minister inaugurates a 4-day international webinar organized on the theme of global scenario and Gandhiji
Gandhian thinkers from different countries are taking part in the webinar
Raipur, August 9
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi used to dream of world peace. He wanted to create a non-violent society. The creation of a violence-free society was Gandhi’s aim, so Gandhi was against wars and nuclear bombs. Today, nuclear bombs, deadly missiles and confrontations between nations exist around us, more than ever. In the present situation Gandhiji becomes more relevant than ever because fire can be extinguished with water. Hatred can be overcome with love and harmony. Today, when the world peace is under threat. In such a situation, we need Gandhian thought and his path more than ever.
Chief Minister Baghel was addressing the inaugural session of international webinar organized on the subject of global scenario and relevance of Gandhiji, through video conferencing from his residence office here today. It was organized by the Society for Empowerment, under the guidance of Prof. S. Narayana. This webinar will run for 4 days. Gandhian thinkers from different countries of the world are taking part in this webinar.
Bhupesh Baghel duly launched this webinar and said in his address that it is more important to try to follow the path shown by him than to discuss the relevance of Gandhiji. He said that staying true to truth and non-violence is the true path of Gandhiji.
Chief Minister said that he believes that Gandhi’s non-violent courage is very relevant in the present day world surrounded by very dangerous weapons.
Chief Minister said that Gandhi’s relevance becomes more important when we discuss world peace because Gandhi’s relevance is global. It cannot be limited to any one country. Gandhiji wanted the salvation of unhappy and suffering humanity.
Chief Minister said that humanity cannot be bound within borders. Humanity is a global concept. It goes beyond the boundaries of the nation and binds the whole world in unity. Gandhiji is relevant to the whole world. The aim of his life has been the well-being of the entire humanity.
He said that if one moves ahead with the virtues of the tradition, its values and the ideal of truth then he becomes timeless. Gandhi ji is beyond any time in this sense, so his relevance is also beyond time.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, while referring to the statement of Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Gandhiji, said that have you seen someone in another country who was killed 70 years ago, but is remembered in the general conversation.
On this occasion, he referred to the statement made by scientist Albert Einstein about Bapu, “The coming generations will not believe that any such person came to this earth”.
Chief Minister further said that today when the whole world is in the grip of a pandemic like Corona. Many countries of the world are immersed in the frenzy of war, when all the inhuman challenges from poverty, unemployment, terrible profiteering to violent tendencies are present in their most formidable form before the whole world, then the question arises that if Gandhiji were here, what would he think? What would he say? The Chief Minister said that perhaps Gandhiji would be raising questions about inequality in treatment, perhaps Gandhiji would be going on a hunger strike against nuclear weapons in any corner of the world, perhaps Gandhiji would be addressing the special gathering of the United Nations and would have been teaching the lesson of peace and non violence to the whole world or perhaps Gandhiji would be telling the world about the path to freedom from quarrels in the name of religion, or perhaps Gandhiji would have been on a fast hurt by the incidents of mob-lynching in India.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that there is a lot of discussion about nationalism in our country today.
He said that some people whose forefathers did not participate in the freedom struggle have become the biggest nationalist today. Such people have distorted the prevailing definition of nationalism and built up a narrative of falsehood over truth. He said that the biggest nationalists and devotees of nation in this country are those who truly respect the great heroes of the freedom struggle.
Chief Minister said that Gandhi’s nationalism has derived from intense humanism. Our nationalism is a nationalism which believes in the unity and integrity of all Indians. Our nationalism is the nationalism serving the poor of this country.
He also mentioned the concept of Gandhiji’s Gram Swaraj on this occasion and said that the Government of Chhattisgarh is trying to make Gandhiji’s concept come true. The Narva, Garwa, Ghurwa, Bari scheme of the Government of Chhattisgarh is an important scheme with a view to facilitate rural life.
He said that the Government of Chhattisgarh has tried to adopt the model of development keeping in mind the village, the exploited, backward and deprived people of the state. This is such a model for the development of Chhattisgarh, whose source of inspiration is Bapu.
On this occasion, Chief Minister also referred to the Godhan Nyaya Yojana of the State Government and said that Gandhiji believed that Goraksha meant more to him than protecting the cow.
He said that the Chhattisgarh government’s multipurpose Godhan Nyay Yojana is a sacred tribute to Gandhiji. This scheme has again brought cattle to an important place in the rural economy. He said that the model of our development should be the one which Gandhiji had imagined.
The Chief Minister said that even after nearly eight decades of being killed …
Bapu is alive in our consciousness, in our village, in our streets.
Bapu is alive with his thoughts.
Bapu is alive to teach the world the lesson of love, truth, universal religion, tolerance and peace.