Jammu, January 30: Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 72nd death anniversary today, Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Wednesday paid glowing tributes to the Father of the Nation and lauded his contribution in the freedom struggle of the country.
On the occasion, the Advisor attended a function organized by the Gandhi Global Family, in collaboration with the United Nations Information Center, Association of People of India, Gandhi Peace Foundation and other allied organizations to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Ganai described Mahatma Gandhi as one of the tallest leaders of the country who exercised maximum influence during the freedom struggle and laid down a clear path for the country to follow after independence.
He said that the country can grow if it follows the Gandhian path as it preached brotherhood, inter-religious tolerance and harmony and taught the principle of Satya, Ahimsa and Satyagrah. He said that all people of the country irrespective of cast, colour and creed respect and love Gandhiji.
Quoting Albert Einstein’s praise about the greatness of Mahatma Gandhi, Ganai said, “Generations to come will hardly believe that such a soul in flesh and blood ever walked upon this earth.”
To safeguard the future of the country, the Advisor urged students to follow the path which the Father of the Nation has left behind for posterity. He also asked the teachers to create awareness amongst students about the greatness and contribution of Mahatma Gandhi to the Indian nation.
President, GGF, S. P. Verma thanked the Advisor, other dignitaries and students for participating in the function and expressed the hope that GGF will continue to spread the message of Gandhiji among the masses.
Vice Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu, Ms. Anju Bhasin, former Minister, Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, Lt. Gen. Rakesh Sharma (retd), Deputy Mayor, JMC, Ms. Purnima Sharma were among others who paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
To mark the occasion, an inter-religious prayer meeting was also held and people from across the State shared their thoughts about Mahatma Gandhi in 16 dialects of the State including Balti, Bhadarwahi, Dogri, Kashmiri, Ladakhi, Mirpuri, Paddari, Pahari, Pogli, Sanskrit and Shina