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must be adopted in our nature, not simply in reference:
Gandhiji’s great grandson
Two day International Conference on Gandhi’s
Vision began at USTM
NINTH MILE, RI
BHOI, 5 October, 2018: The Meghalaya Governor Shri Tathagata
Roy has inaugurated the international conference on “Mahatma
Gandhi’s Vision and Contemporary Political Leadership in North
East India” here today amidst eminent Gandhain scholars and
reputed academicians from India and abroad. Organised by the
International Centre for Gandhian Studies (ICGS), a research
centre of the University of Science & Technology Meghalaya, the
two day conference is being participated by more than hundred
scholars, academicians and intellectuals from different parts of
the country and also from few other countries like Bangladesh,
Australia, USA and Singapore. Shri Tushar Arun Gandhi, the great
grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Chairman of Mahatma Gandhi
Foundation, Prof Sudarshan Iyengar, renowned Gandhian and former
Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith, Dr. Liaquat Ali, Vice
Chancellor, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences, Dhaka,
Prof. B. Khadria, Chairman, Zakir Hussain Centre, JNU have
addressed the conference, apart from others.
Addressing the inaugural session, Gandhiji’s great grandson
Tushar Arun Gandhi said, “Since many years, political leadership
in India has been party based, instead of broad nationalistic
view. Bapu’s ideals must be adopted in our nature and not simply
in references. If we cannot do this, it is disrespect to him.”
He said that people should not keep themselves in narrow
nationalistic borders. “We should never forget his Talisman and
should recall the face of the poorest and the weakest whenever
we think of doing something.
Earlier, inaugurating the Conference, Shri Tathagata Roy,
Governor of Meghalaya said that Gandhiji not only gave India its
freedom but also gave the world and us a new thought on
nonviolence and sustainable living. His teachings and
experiments are more valid today than ever before, especially
when we are trying to find solutions to worldwide greed,
corruption, and violence. The Governor appreciated USTM’s effort
towards research on Gandhiji.
Noted Gandhian Prof Sudarshan Iyengar emphasized on the concept
of “servant leadership” of Mahatma Gandhi and said that when the
problem is related to racial discrimination, it transcends
individual level. He also said that reconciliation of unlimited
wants with peace is not possible.
Welcoming the august gathering, Dr Alaka Sarma, who is also the
Director of ICGS and Pro VC, USTM, stated, “This conference will
help us to explore the shortcoming of our strategies to reach
out to the poorest of the poor of the north-eastern region and
way forward to achieve the development based on the vision of
Mahatma Gandhi. We feel that Mahatma Gandhi is most relevant
today than ever before and more so in the north-eastern region
than anywhere else in India.”
In his address, M Hoque, Chancellor, USTM said that there is an
urgent need to rekindle Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of
non-violence, peace, brotherhood and unity among the diverse
people with varied culture, community and areas of this country.
“Now is the time to inculcate the philosophy of this great man
among the masses”, he said. The Conference has been organized on
the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Papers are being presented by participants on themes like Peace
and Conflict, Rural Economy, Cooperative Federalism, Social
Cohesion, Cattle Protection, Industrialization, Infrastructure
Development, Political Ideology, Religion and Society, Gender
Issues in Society, Law and Justice, Cultural Nationalism, Media
and Social Change, Ethics and Morality, Decolonization, Hind
Swaraj, from Swaraj to Suraj. Dr Sanjib Goswami, Adjunct Prof.
USTM and co-convenor of the conference delivered the vote of
thanks at the end of the inaugural session.
1. Tushar Arun Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
being felicitated by M Hoque, Chancellor, USTM during the
Inaugural of International Conference on Mahatma Gandhi’s Vision
organised by USTM on 5th October, 2018.
2. Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy releasing the Book of
Abstracts of the International Conference on Mahatma Gandhi’s
Vision organised by USTM on 5 October 2018.
3. Gandhiji’s great grandson Tushar Arun Gandhi addressing the
International Conference on Mahatma Gandhi's Vision at
University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya on 5th