President Droupadi Murmu on Monday unveiled a 12-foot statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat here. She also inaugurated a Gandhi Vatika where statues of Mahatma Gandhi in different poses have been installed.
In her address, the President said that Mahatma Gandhi is a boon for the entire world community. His ideals and values have given a new direction to the whole world. He showed the path of non-violence at a time when the world was suffering from many kinds of hatred and discord during the period of world wars.
She added that Gandhiji’s experiment with truth and non-violence gave him the status of a great human. She shared that his statues are installed in many countries and people from across the world believe in his ideals. Giving examples of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama, she underscored that many great leaders considered the path of truth and non-violence paved by Gandhiji, which is a route to global well-being and peace.
The President said that Gandhiji laid great emphasis on sanctity in public as well as in personal life. He believed that violence can be faced through non-violence only on the basis of moral strength. She underlined that without self-confidence, one cannot act with persistence in adverse circumstances. She stated that in today’s fast-changing and competitive world, there is great need for self-confidence and temperance.
The President concluded by asserting the enduring relevance of Gandhi’s ideals and values in Indian society. She urged all to make efforts so that every citizen, especially the youth and children, to immerse themselves in Gandhiji’s teachings and strive to emulate his principles.
She also emphasized the importance of Gandhi Smriti, Darshan Samiti and other such institutions’ role in this regard. She asserted that they can contribute significantly in building the India of Gandhiji’s dreams by making the youth and children more aware of Gandhiji’s life teachings through books, films, seminars, cartoons and other media.
आज राष्ट्रपिता महात्मा गांधी की ध्यान मुद्रा में बैठी प्रतिमा के अनावरण और अलग-अलग मुद्राओं में उनकी मूर्तियों से युक्त गांधी वाटिका के उद्घाटन समारोह में शामिल होकर मुझे हार्दिक प्रसन्नता हो रही है। इस अवसर पर मैं, शांतिदूत और पूरी मानवता के हित में आजीवन समर्पित रहने वाले,… pic.twitter.com/XJdaynjVdf
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