‘Gandhism need to be promoted among children’
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 11, 2011, 20:29
Hyderabad: Stressing that Gandhian values are more relevant in the present times, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said there is a need to promote the teachings of the Father of Nation among school children.

"The teachings of Gandhiji are relevant because of more violence. Similarly, how many people would speak the truth today? So, truth and non-violence are more required today. Other Gandhian values like social equality are also relevant," he said at the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Bhoodan movement of freedom fighter Acharya Vinoba Bhave, a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

The meeting was organised by Gandhi Global Family which is headed by Azad.

"It may not be relevant to say that I will not wear full clothes on the body. But the ideas of truth and non-violence need to be followed even today," he said.

Recalling that he tried to promote Gandhi's teachings among school children by conducting competitions during his tenure as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Azad said a similar exercise can be conducted in Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere.

"If something is possible in Jammu and Kashmir, you can do it on the moon as well. We held symposia in all schools and colleges across the state. We could involve eight to 10 lakh students. I feel non-violence needs to be campaigned in Andhra Pradesh as well," the health minister said.

Hailing freedom fighter Vinoba Bhave, he said the former's spirit of charity, donation and sharing is relevant even today.

"If donating land is not possible, charity can happen in other forms like money and education. We can donate in other 100 ways," Azad said.


First Published: Sunday, September 11, 2011, 20:29

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