MA­HATMA GANDHI’S IDE­OL­OGY REL­E­VANT EVEN TO­DAY: PREZ

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY YOHAN PERERA

The ide­ol­ogy of the Late Ma­hatma Gandhi is rel­e­vant to­day for many na­tions which strug­gle with re­li­gious, com­mu­nal and civil con­flicts and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions too, Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena said yes­ter­day.

The Pres­i­dent said this dur­ing the de­bate on the mo­tion taken up by Par­lia­ment to pay trib­ute to late In­dian Leader yes­ter­day to mark his 150th birth an­niver­sary.

“We hope that thou­sands will be born to this world to­day in the like­ness of the Ma­hatma as such lead­ers are needed to re­solve con­flicts that have arisen in the world,” the Pres­i­dent said.

We hope that thou­sands will be born to this world to­day in the like­ness of the Ma­hatma as such lead­ers are needed to re­solve con­flicts that have arisen in the world

“Ma­hatma Gandhi was not a politi­cian though he led In­dia’s strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence. This strug­gle had con­flicts. How­ever these were dif­fer­ent to vi­o­lent con­flict which the world ex­pe­ri­enced later on,” he added. The Pres­i­dent then re­lated how the late Ma­hatma Gandhi tried to per­suade Mo­hammed Ali Jin­nah not to de­mand a sep­a­rate state. “Late Ma­hatma Gandhi was in tears when he re­quested Jin­nah not to de­mand for a sep­a­rate state but Jin­nah forged ahead any­way and Pak­istan be­came a sep­a­rate state. Later we saw the bor­der un­rest be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan which still ex­ists,” he said.

Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe said that late Gandhi’s prin­ci­ple of non-vi­o­lence is rel­e­vant to­day than at any other time in his­tory.

Min­is­ter Ni­mal Siri­pala de Silva said that Ma­hatma Gandhi, who strived to make In­dia self-suf­fi­cient, saw to it that food which that coun­try needed was pro­duced lo­cally.

Joint Op­po­si­tion Par­lia­men­tary Group Leader Di­nesh Gu­nawar­dene said it was the late Ma­hatma Gandhi who in­tro­duced the word ‘Har­tal’ to the world. This sys­tem of Har­tal is now syn­ony­mous with peo­ple’s strug­gles. Also he said the ‘pan­chayat’ sys­tem in In­dia is also a con­cept of the late In­dian leader.

SLMC Leader Min­is­ter Rauff Ha­keem, who quoted former Pres­i­dent of US Barack Obama, said the late In­dian leader was a cham­pion of equal­ity.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that the late Ma­hatma was an ex­am­ple to the whole world as a leader who al­ways stood for peace.

In­dian High Com­mis­sioner in Sri Lanka Taran­jit Singh and other of­fi­cials of the High Com­mis­sion were also present in the vis­i­tors’ gallery in Par­lia­ment to wit­ness the de­bate which was in progress.

Ma­hatma Gandhi was not a politi­cian though he led In­dia’s strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence. This strug­gle had con­flicts

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