New Delhi: Inclusion of ‘Ahimsa’ (Non-Violence) in the Preamble of Constitution of India would be a befitting tribute to the Mahatma, opined Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
“I believe the greatest tribute India could pay Gandhiji on his 150th birth anniversary is to include the ‘uniquely’ Indian Ideal of Ahimsa, of Non-violence in the Preamble of India’s Constitution,” Naveen suggested at the first meeting of the national committee for commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi today.
He said this will ensure that the future generations, not just of Indians but also people around the world, will be reminded of the profound truth of this principle.
He alos said the most important aspect of Mahatna Gandhi’s doctrine of non-violence is that poverty and social injustice are a greatest violence.
“As Gandhiji said, as long as poverty exists freedom is only a wooden loaf. To remove poverty is the greatest task faced by any government. This cannot be achieved without non-violence,” the CM said.
He also laid emphasis on progress in the society.
“Progress requires peace. Progress requires the defeat of those who divide society on the basis of class, caste and religion,” Naveen advised.
President Ram Nath Kovind chaired the meeting which was attended by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union Ministers and Chief Ministers.
Notably, the Union Government has allotted Rs 150 crore for the grand celebration of the sesquicentennial birth anniversary of Gandhi next year
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had written letters to Chief Ministers of all states seeking ideas for the mega programmes.