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Relevance of Gandhi�s ideals in modern times emphasised

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GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - The life, ideals and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi has a lot of relevance in the 21st century and there is need for everyone to follow the ideas and principles propagated by the Father of the Nation.

This view emerged in the Assam Legislative Assembly during the �Special tribute to the Father of the Nation on the 150th birth anniversary celebration� held on Friday.

Friday was the last day of the Assembly�s Winter Session and it was reserved for paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. The day also marked the death anniversary of Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.

Legislators cutting across party lines paid tribute to both Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Ambedkar.

Addressing the Assembly, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that each and every one among us should follow the teachings and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.

�Mahatma Gandhi said that non-violence is the most powerful weapon. He used it to unite people of India and bring about the end of British rule... Mahatma Gandhi always believed that one cannot achieve great things by resorting to falsehood. He never gave room to violence. He always believed that the means to achieve the end should be as correct as the goal itself... Mahatma Gandhi�s philosophy of sacrifice is an example for all of us,� said the Chief Minister.

Terming the discussion in the Assembly as very relevant, he said, �When we think of Mahatma Gandhi, we realise our own weaknesses. He taught us how to look into one�s own soul and find out about our own shortcomings and weaknesses... Mahatma Gandhi was not merely a great son of India. He was the biggest gift from India to the world stage... He gave great importance towards sanitation and cleanliness. All the members of this House should set an example in this regard so that our younger generation can imbibe the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi,� Sonowal said.

Taking part in the discussion, former Chief Minister and Congress legislator Tarun Gogoi said that the entire country recognises the contributions of both Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Ambedkar.

�Gandhian thought and philosophy is becoming more and more relevant with the passage of time. Ahimsa is the mantra to remove conflict and division in our society. Political, social and sectarian conflicts continue to affect our society and that is why we need to imbibe and practice the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. However, merely celebrating his anniversary is not enough. We have to follow his philosophy,� said Gogoi.

He said that all efforts must be made to inculcate the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi among the younger generation.

Gogoi said that Mahatma Gandhi played a major role in turning the Congress party into a mass organisation.

Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia said that Mahatma Gandhi visited Assam four times and during his trips the Father of the Nation emphasised on Hindu-Muslim unity.

Saikia added that the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill goes against the philosophy espoused by Mahatma Gandhi. Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami said that everyone must resolve to fulfil the dreams and ideals of the Father of the Nation and added that the philosophy and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi are relevant for societies and peoples across the globe. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Ranjeet Kumar Dass of BJP, Pranab Kumar Gogoi of Congress, Brindaban Goswami and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta of AGP, Rabiram Narzary of BPF, and Independent legislator Bhubon Pegu also spoke on the occasion.

The Assembly was adjourned sine-die after tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi.

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Relevance of Gandhi�s ideals in modern times emphasised

GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - The life, ideals and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi has a lot of relevance in the 21st century and there is need for everyone to follow the ideas and principles propagated by the Father of the Nation.

This view emerged in the Assam Legislative Assembly during the �Special tribute to the Father of the Nation on the 150th birth anniversary celebration� held on Friday.

Friday was the last day of the Assembly�s Winter Session and it was reserved for paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. The day also marked the death anniversary of Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.

Legislators cutting across party lines paid tribute to both Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Ambedkar.

Addressing the Assembly, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that each and every one among us should follow the teachings and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.

�Mahatma Gandhi said that non-violence is the most powerful weapon. He used it to unite people of India and bring about the end of British rule... Mahatma Gandhi always believed that one cannot achieve great things by resorting to falsehood. He never gave room to violence. He always believed that the means to achieve the end should be as correct as the goal itself... Mahatma Gandhi�s philosophy of sacrifice is an example for all of us,� said the Chief Minister.

Terming the discussion in the Assembly as very relevant, he said, �When we think of Mahatma Gandhi, we realise our own weaknesses. He taught us how to look into one�s own soul and find out about our own shortcomings and weaknesses... Mahatma Gandhi was not merely a great son of India. He was the biggest gift from India to the world stage... He gave great importance towards sanitation and cleanliness. All the members of this House should set an example in this regard so that our younger generation can imbibe the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi,� Sonowal said.

Taking part in the discussion, former Chief Minister and Congress legislator Tarun Gogoi said that the entire country recognises the contributions of both Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Ambedkar.

�Gandhian thought and philosophy is becoming more and more relevant with the passage of time. Ahimsa is the mantra to remove conflict and division in our society. Political, social and sectarian conflicts continue to affect our society and that is why we need to imbibe and practice the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. However, merely celebrating his anniversary is not enough. We have to follow his philosophy,� said Gogoi.

He said that all efforts must be made to inculcate the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi among the younger generation.

Gogoi said that Mahatma Gandhi played a major role in turning the Congress party into a mass organisation.

Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia said that Mahatma Gandhi visited Assam four times and during his trips the Father of the Nation emphasised on Hindu-Muslim unity.

Saikia added that the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill goes against the philosophy espoused by Mahatma Gandhi. Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami said that everyone must resolve to fulfil the dreams and ideals of the Father of the Nation and added that the philosophy and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi are relevant for societies and peoples across the globe. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Ranjeet Kumar Dass of BJP, Pranab Kumar Gogoi of Congress, Brindaban Goswami and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta of AGP, Rabiram Narzary of BPF, and Independent legislator Bhubon Pegu also spoke on the occasion.

The Assembly was adjourned sine-die after tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi.