Gandhian philosophy still holds relevance in present context: Dr Rana

Ujjain: Mahatma Gandhi was the journalist who had written extensively on a whole lot of issues. His writings covered three fourth of the total space of the newspaper published by him. Gandhi’s thoughts are present in front of the entire world in 100 sections in the name of Gandhi Vanmay. These thoughts are as effective as lights are in the darkness.

Gandhian philosophy still holds relevance in present context: Dr Rana

These views were expressed by former editor of Hindi Service of BBC, London and renowned thinker and journalist, Dr Vijay Rana during the first lecture organised under University Lecture Series organised by Gandhi Study Centre, here on Friday.

Expressing his views on ‘ Gandhi in the present global contexts’, Dr Rana recited some of the extracts from his book on Gandhi, ‘ Mahatma Gandhi: Images and Ideas for Non- Violence’. Dr Rana said that leaders, intellectuals and political leaders of different nations have been appreciating Gandhi’s thoughts and philosophy by his portraits, idols and literature from East to West and North to South. People even practiced his ideologies at the places of violence in their lives. Hence, people still remember him and do works for peace and goodwill.

Chairing the programme, Vikram University Vicechancellor Prof Jawahar Lal Kaul said that Gandhi’s commitment for truth and non- violence and his ideals shows the path of good to the world in today’s context. Gandhi’s effect can be seen in the third and fourth chapter of Indian Constitution.

The establishment of Panchayati Raj and Right to Education took time, but it was an initiative to fulfill Gandhi’s dream. Prof Kaul also mentioned the statement of President of India Pranab Mukharjee that government was forced to take some important decisions in recent years due to non- violent movements. This is the increasing effect of Gandhi in the nation. Director of Gandhi Study Centre Dr Gopalkrishna Sharma delivered welcome note. Dr Rubal Verma conducted the programme while Registrar Dr B L Bunkar proposed the vote of thanks.

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