The India Post, Chandigarh, 28th January, 2009 :The three day International Conference under the guidance of the Indian Society of Gandhian Studies in its XXXIst Annual Conference has commenced at Gandhi Bhawan, Panjab University , Chandigarh here today. More than 200 delegates across the country and abroad is attending the conference.
Earlier in the morning, Professor J N Sharma, Organizing secretary & Chairman, Department of Gandhian Studies welcome the delegates and put forth the need of such conference in the modern world to reduce the tension among nations and need to spread the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi to solve the global issues.
In his Key note address, Sh. T N Chaturvedi, Ex-Governor, Karnataka elaborated the morals and values of Mahatma Gandhi and appeal to audience to make it their part and parcel of life. He further stressed, primarily to youth, to inculcate the Gandhian values and try to emulate those in their life. “In modern times, the Gandhian philosophy has been eroded with the passage of time and there is an utmost need to revive the Gandhian Institutions with more vitality with limited resources”, says Chaturvedi. “With change in Political scenario and Economic conditions, the complexity in society has also increased, resulting in the more importance of Gandhian thought ever before”, adds Chaturvedi.
Dr. Samani Managalpragya, Vice-Chancellor, Jain Vishwabharati University , Ladnun, Rajasthan, explained the Mahatma Gandhi’s technique of Non-violence and truth at a length. In his Presidential Address, Professor R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University , laid down the stress to solve the current issues and problems through Gandhian methods, not only in words but also in action. Dr A.D. Mishra, General Secretary, Indian Society of Gandhian Studies, presented a vote of thanks on the behalf of the society.
Gandhian ethics and morals are more important than ever before as the world is facing terrorist activities.
The main themes of the conference are, (I) Mahatma Gandhi and challenges of twenty-first centuries (ii) Promotion of Gandhian Studies/Peace and Non-violence Centers in India and abroad (iii) Training in Non-violence. The delegates will discuss the current issues like terrorism, environment and peace in three-day conference and put forth the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi to resolve these issues.