MOTIHARI There can be no better prescription for bridging India’s growing social divide than the application of Gandhian thought and ideology of peace and harmony, for resolution of contentious issues of the day, Chief minister Nitish Kumar said here on Thursday.
“This is the reason why the state government, in the centenary year of Gandhiji’s Champaran movement, had decided to reach every doorsteps in Bihar with Gandhiji’s message, a natural follow up of the total ban imposed on liquor”, he said.
Kumar was addressing a function organized at Motihari MS college, as part of the Champaran Satyagrah centenary celebration. A number of Gandhian leaders, social activists and environmentalists were present at the function.
Expressing his commitment to develop sites in Bihar associated with Gandhiji and the Champaran satyagrah, including basic schools founded by him, Kumar said he was he also addressing Gandhiji’s concerns about social issues like illiteracy and intoxication.
“After the liquor ban , I am working for elimination of all forms on intoxication in the state”, he added.
Kumar urged the environmentalist assembled for the function to suggest ways of desilting the Ganga. He also reiterated his stand that the Farakka barrage in West Bengal had slowed down the flow of the Ganga, causing massive siltation.
Kumar also pays tributes to the Indian freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, on the occasion of martyrs’ day.
Tushar Gandhi, great grand son of Mahatma Gandhi, said ‘Bapu’ had scored his first victory against the British rulers in Champaran. But it was ironical that the condition of farmers today was not much better that the condition of indigo farmers in 1917.
Hailing the Bihar government move to impose a complete ban on liquor, in April 2016,Tushar said a new movement for ‘poorna swaraj’ should be started from Champaran. “Many more Gandhis needs to be born in this land”, he said..
Education minister Ashok Chowdhary hailed Kumar for driving Gandhian ideology through his ‘Seven Nischay’.(seven resolves) for providing better amenities to the people.
The function was chaired by noted Gandhian Dr Ramjee Singh. Social activist Megha Pateker, ‘waterman’ Rajendra Singh, Gita Mahadeo, Swami Agnivesh ,Braj Kishore Singh, SN Subarao,Nita Madeo,Arvind Anjum,VC of BRA Bihar university Amrendra Narayan and MLC Birendra Yadav, were among others present.
Students of Motihari Engineering College sat on a dharna outside the CM’s programme venue, raising slogans against the local administration after they were prevented from meeting Kumar.