Rukmini Barua Deka
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.
—— —– Mahatma Gandhi
“My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising him”.———Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, in other words Mahatma Gandhi, who was fondly called Bapuji, the Father of our nation was born on 2nd October, 1869. He was a lawyer, trained in Britain and went to South Africa in 1893 and resided there for twenty one years. The ill treatment meted out to the Indians by the British there provoked his conscience to start the struggle against the policy of racial discrimination of the South African Government. During the course of his struggle, he evolved the technique of Satyagraha which was non-violent insistence for truth and justice. Following these principles, Gandhiji started the struggle for independence against the British in India which paved the way for India’s freedom.
“We need to imbibe Gandhiji’s ideas in our society. People of all sections of our society must work together to maintain feelings of peace, unity and brotherhood among all to fulfil Gandhiji’s dream of achieving an ideal state or Ram Rajya. The entire forest cover of Guwahati city must be protected to keep the city clean. Gandhiji visited Gandhi Mandap during his fourth visit to Assam and we must all work together to fulfil Gandhiji’s dream of a clean India. The entire Guwahati city must be kept clean, free from garbage and plastic”, said Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister, Assam, inaugurating the newly constructed Gandhi Udyan built under the Guwahati Smart City Project at a cost of Rs 3 crore at Gandhi Mandap, on top of Sarania Hill, Guwahati on October 2nd.
During the day, Chief Minister Sonowal also attended the 150th birth anniversary celebration programme of Gandhiji at Khadi and Village Industries Board, Chandmari, Guwahati. He laid the foundation stone of a multi-purpose complex of the Board there on that day. “The Narendra Modi Government has launched Swachhta hi seva, imposing a ban on single use plastic. We need to find out alternatives to single use plastic. The Khadi board should focus on producing more khadi products and make people aware of the use of khadi and other products of village industries”, he said.
On 2nd October Chief Minister Sonowal launched the Gandhi Sankalp Yatra of BJP Bonda Unit, Narengi at the Sports and Cultural Centre. He motivated the youth and the people to follow and carry Gandhiji’s ideals forward. He also distributed jute bags among the people.
The Department of Sports and Youth Welfare, Assam organised the pledge-taking programme of Fit India and Swachhta at Sarusajai Sports Complex on that day. Chief Minister Sonowal urged the youth to generate awareness on Fit India Movement and on ban of plastic use. He told the young generation to remain fit and lead a disease free life.
Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightest weapon of destruction according to Gandhiji. The 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji was celebrated in a befitting manner on October 2nd by a large number of institutions, departments and organisations of Assam.