To combat differences between individuals and the nation there was a need to stress on the relevance of Gandhian principles with a focus on Gandhian Model of Rural Development and non-violence which was highlighted on Friday during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Gandhi Bhavan, of University of Mysore.
The foundation stone of the Bhavan was laid in 1960 and launched in 1965.
Delivering the inaugural address, senior advocate of Karnataka High Court Prof Ravivarma Kumar said that though great leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Barack Obama adopted Gandhian principles, unfortunately no prime ministers in India have adopted Gandhian principles.
Fighting against blind beliefs is also part of Gandhism and the proposed anti-superstitious bill by the state government is a welcoming decision. Thus all followers of Gandhi have to extend their support to such progressive initiatives abiding with Article 51of the Indian Constitution, he added.
Citing JNU stir, he said that by misusing the sedition law which was introduced by the British government then, the Central government was trying to destabilise freedom of expression.
He urged, the Gandian followers in all universities including Gandhi Bhavan in UoM to agitate against power politics which was curtailing the freedom of expression.
He said that a special chapter on Gandhian principles of non-violence has to be included in the Indian Constitution.
“Gandhian followers never take the path of terrorism, thus, at times such as now there is a need to spread Gandhian values,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Gandhian Study Centre Director Professor S Shivarajappa asserted that through non-violence Gandhi ensured World Peace.
He noted that the non-violent movement heralded by Gandhi was the best way to combat terrorism.
Senior Gandian Dr H S Doreswamy urged the civil society to work to eradicate poverty.
The Gandhian Study centre of University of Mysore has planned to conduct 80 special seminars in Mandya, Hassan, Chamarajanagar and Mysuru including Saligrama.
Director for Karnataka Gandhian Memorial Fund, Dr H Srinivasaiah, UoM Registrar Professor C Basavaraju were present.
Senior Gandhian N Bhadraiah donated a whole collection of books to Gandhi Bhavan of University of Mysore. During the golden jubilee celebrations of Gandhi Bhavan, Shanthi N Bhadraiah the wife of N Bhadraiah, announced her concern to spread the Gandhian principles.