MAHATMA GANDHI’S IDEOLOGY RELEVANT EVEN TODAY: PREZ
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