On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, President Pranab Mukherjee has asked everyone to follow the path of non-violence, peace and tolerance that was preached by Mahatma Gandhi.
“We should rededicate ourselves to Bapu’s ideals of non-violence, peace and tolerance,” President Mukherjee said.
According to President Mukherjee the ideals that were advocated by the Father of the Nation are a part of India’s collective living heritage and will lead the country through the “challenges of the present” and enable India to become a strong and resurgent nation.
India’s heritage is “deeply imbued with the idea of being ‘one people.’ It is a celebration of our diversity, our plural culture, our many languages, religions and different modes of life. This was the idea that moved those who strove for India’s freedom,” said the President.
He urged the people to imbibe wisdom from the valued teachings of Bapu and strive to translate his ideals into action.
“May his vision lead us through the challenges of the present and enable us build a strong and resurgent India,” he said.
The President’s message assumes added significance as it comes against the backdrop of lynching of a man by a mob in Dadri in UP following rumours that he had consumed beef.
“Our deep and abiding commitment to democracy stems from this idea. We continue to be guided by these ideals. We remain committed to them not because it is our past, but because it is also our future,” Mukherjee said.
Mahatma Gandhi was an “extraordinary revolutionary with rare farsightedness,” said the President. He also recalled the words of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on Bapu’s demise “the light is gone and yet it will shine for a thousand years.”
Earlier in the day, the President honoured 11 people in seven categories with the ‘National Awards for Senior Citizens 2015′ for their contribution in helping the elderly people. October 1 is observed as the International Day of Older Persons.
(With inputs from PTI)