Freedom fighters closer to Mahatma than me: Rajmohan Gandhi

Kozhikode: Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, today said the valiant freedom fighters were closer to the Mahatma than him as they spread non-violence and peace espoused by the Father of the Nation.

"If I am related to Mahatma Gandhi by blood, the valiant freedom fighters represented the spirit of non-violence and peace and are closer to the Mahatma than me," he said, inaugurating the year-long function to commemorate the 75th year of Mahatma Gandhi's visit to the Mathrubhumi Daily's office here this day in 1934.

During the freedom struggle, majority of the countrymen believed that their life was put at stake by opposing British rulers and the "magnificient" people must be lauded for the great "risk" they took by plunging into the freedom struggle, he said, paying tributes to surviving freedom fighters in the country.

"Mathrubhumi reflected fearless voice of the thirst for dignity, freedom and self-respect of people of Malabar and the daily must continue to inspire young generation to face emerging global challenges faced by India," he said.

Mahatma Gandhi had visited the 'Mathrubhumi' office here to unveil the portrait of K Madhavan Nair, founder Managing Director of the daily.

Presiding, Mathrubhumi Managing Director M P Veerendra Kumar said the daily would host year-long celebrations to commemorate Gandhiji's visit. Present day society needed to be inculcated with Gandhian values than ever before, Veerendra Kumar, a Socialist leader, said.

Thirty-six freedom fighters from Kozhikode and Malappuram districts were honoured at the function.

A memento was presented to them by Rajmohan Gandhi, also a veteran journalist and writer.

A CD titled 'Priya Bapu' narrating the life and struggle of the Mahatma was released at the function.

Noted Gandhian P Gopinathan Nair and Malayalam poet 'Akkitham' were among those who attended the function.