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Naveen inaugurates Gandhi Peace Centre, reiterates incorporation of Non Violence in Preamble of constitution

Naveen inaugurates Gandhi Peace Centre, reiterates incorporation of Non Violence in Preamble of constitution

Bhubaneswar, Feb 22 (UNI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reiterated his appeal to incorporate non-violence in the preamble of the constitution to pay tribute to Gandhiji on his 150th birth anniversary.

Inaugurating the Gandhi Peace Centre set up by the Aditya Birla Group close to Udaigiri Caves in Bhubaneswar and dedicating it to the people of Odisha, Mr Patnaik said, by the time India achieved independence in 1947 non- violence had become truly global, an identity of Indian-ness and a more potential weapon than violence.

‘’I urged a grateful nation to pay tribute to Mahatma by incorporating non violence in the preamble of the constitution in his 150th year.’’ Mr Patnaik said.

Paying his homage to Mahatma, the Chief Minister hoped that the Gandhi Centre for peace will provide an institutionalized platform to awaken consciousness about the life and works of Gandhiji and educate people to realize the deeper significance of his ideals.

The centre, an interactive digital wonder in Odia, Hindi and English is spread over 20,000 sq ft. The Centre is open for viewing between 11:00 AM. to 7:00 PM from Tuesday and admission is free.

It is fourth of its kind after Delhi, Birmingham in UK, the upcoming one in Houston in US.

Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development Chairperson Rajashree Birla said the Gandhi Peace Centre, aims to bring to the people of Odisha, glimpses of the epic life, of the Mahatma, through cutting edge technology.

She said, they chose to set up the centre in Odisha as they felt that if any state and its people in India, have to keep the spirit of Gandhiji alive, and carry the baton forward, it will be Odisha and Odias.

Mrs Birla expressed her gratitude, to Odisha government and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the support for setting up of the centre.

She said, Mahatma who had a spiritual connect, with Odisha had visited the state eight times to spread his ideals of Satyagraha, Swaraj and Ahimsa and added that Gandhiji had pledged to put Odisha, on a transformative journey by motivating, and goading, the people of Odisha, to help him in his crusade against untouchability, to become self-reliant, through the charkha, establishing khadi as an industry, coupled with a razor sharp focus, on agriculture.

Gandhiji had renewed the structure of the state, managed to open temple gates for Harijans, and able to give a sense of dignity to its people.

“In Odisha, Gandhiji set a splendid example, of egalitarianism and self-reliance, she said adding Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, has taken Odisha, to the next level, changing the course of life of the marginalized, and truly living the Gandhian dream”.

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