Mahatma Gandhi still relevant in the present scenario: UoM VC Prof G Hemanth Kumar

Mysuru, March 26:- “Mahatma Gandhi is not only relevant in India, but in the entire world,” said the Vice-Chancellor of University of Mysore (UoM) Prof G Hemanth Kumar here on Tuesday.

He was speaking after inaugurating Gandhi Poets’ Summit held by Gandhi Studies Centre, UoM, Manasagangotri and Sahitya Academy,New Delhi.

“The then chief minister of Mysore state, B D Jatti had inaugurated  Gandhi Bhavan. Former prime minister Morarji Desai inaugurated the building in 1965. Mahatma Gandhi is respected by the entire world. He worked tirelessly for the freedom of India. His ideologies, his dreams are always remembered. It is very difficult to find humanity, truthfulness, generosity, non-violence, patience, peace and the ability to achieve things in a single person. But in Gandhi, all these qualities were present. Famous scientist  Albert Einstein had opined that the coming generations may find it difficult to believe that a person like Mahatma Gandhi lived in this world. It is an honour to have 27 statues depicting the life of Gandhiji at Gandhi Bhavan. His influence is discernible in all the fields. Organising a summit like this should be appreciated,” he added.

“The entire world is united in the 21st century, thanks to information technology and globalisation. If the 21st century is the era of Google and technology, the 20th century belonged to Gandhi. He said that we should be the change that we would like to see in others. Peace, love, harmony and sarvodaya are not mere words, but they shaped the personality of Gandhi. Unfortunately,  even after the British quit India, our mindset has not changed,” said the Registrar of UoM Prof Lingaraja Gandhi.

Renowned theatre activist H Janardhan presented a song. Writers CP Krishnakumar, Kalegowda Nagavara, Saraju Katkar, Chandrashekhar Talya, S G Siddaramaiah, Subbu Holeyar, KB Siddaiah, G V Anandamurthy, Lokesh Agasanakatte, Cha Sarvamangala, Lakshmipati Kolara, Satish Kulakarni, BM Basheer, Savita Nagabhushan, Mahadeva Shankanapura, Ja Na Tejashri, Satyamangala Mahadeva, N M Talavar and others were present. (MR/GK).

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