New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi’s values and ideals can be found relevant in any period of human existence and he taught us that our actions should aim at enhancing the dignity and destiny of other human beings, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday.Kovind made the remarks at the World Youth Conference on Kindness organised by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP). “We could place Gandhiji in a time machine and transport him to any period of human existence and we would find him to be relevant. This is also true of the times we live in. Gandhiji remains extremely relevant to our present day concerns such as need for peace and tolerance, terrorism and climate change. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The strife and violence that we see in the world today is often based in deep-rooted prejudices. These make us see the world through the binary of ‘us versus them’,” he said. Kovind said,”Following Gandhiji’s footsteps, we must let ourselves and our children interact and engage with those whom we tend to define as ‘them’. Greater interaction is the best way to develop a sensitive understanding, which can help us overcome our prejudices.” The conference with the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World: Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’ witnessed the participation of approximately 1,000 youth representing over 27 countries including from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Few weeks from now on October 2, we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of our father of nation. His values are very relevant for us, Gandhi was born in India but belonged to entire humanity. “He taught us that our actions should ultimately aim at enhancing the dignity and destiny of other human beings,” Kovind said. “For me, he was the ‘experimental Gandhi’, defying class and race boundaries. A ‘creative Gandhi’, who transformed salt into a powerful symbol of a mass movement. “And the ‘determined Gandhi’, who with his frail body walked through the villages of India with a lamp of truth amid the all-pervading darkness of violence that marked our independence,” he said. The first World Youth Conference on Kindness is being organised by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Human Resource Development with the aim to impart critical competencies in global youth to inspire, empower and enable them to transform themselves and build long-lasting peace in their communities.
Kolkata: There seems to be no end to political controversies in the election season. During the political campaigns, the Election Commission has seen allegations and counter allegations surfacing against various political leaders. An FIR has been lodged against veteran CPI(M) leader Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya who had sparked a row after allegedly threatening the family members of a Trinamool Congress leader in South 24-Parganas’ Bhangar area recently. Bhattacharya is contesting from Jadavpur. Najrul Islam, the TMC leader, registered a complaint with the police where he alleged that Bhattacharya threatened his family members when he was away from home. He also mentioned the names of two other CPI(M) leaders in the FIR who had allegedly accompanied Bhattacharya. He is pitted against actor-turned-politician Mimi Chakraborty who has been fielded by the TMC. It may be mentioned here that Bhattacharya had to face an unprecedented agitation by the people in his own turf on May 5. In the morning, he went to Maricha village of Bhangar Block I during his election rally where he had to face the wrath of the villagers. A large number of villagers staged a demonstration. He brought an allegation against the local TMC activists saying that the flags bearing his party symbol, put up in various places in Bhangar, had been removed by the TMC workers. He became so angry that he turned up at Islam’s house and allegedly threatened his family members of dire consequences.
Dikshamanjari recently organised Basanta Utsav 2019, a grand celebration of colours, which took place at Biren Roy Road’s Dikshamanjari premises.Students of Dikshamanjari performed on songs related to the festival of colours – covering a variety of Tagore songs like Orey Grihobasi, Rangiye Diye Jao, Orey Bhai Phagun Legechhe Bone Bone – and other popular songs including Holi Aire piya Ji ke Desh, Albela Sajan Ayori, Mohe Rang Do Laal, Desh Rangeela and so on. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDona Ganguly, Sourav Ganguly’s wife, and dance exponent stated, “It’s a festival of colours, and has a positive impact on our lives. Language can be different but the basic essence of the festival is the same throughout the nation. It unites us.” Dona Ganguly and her daughter Sana Ganguly were found playing holi after the performance. There was an arrangement for good food at the venue. As a whole, it was a fun-filled, colorful and musical evening.