Chandigarh,September 23,2020: Many of Gandhi ji’s teachings are relevant to modern youth said Ashish Goyal, Director (North-West Region), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. He was briefing the participants during a webinar on “Celebrating 150 years of Mahatma Gandhiji” organised today. Welcoming the participants, the Director said Mahatma’s ideas and concepts such as Swavlamban (self-sufficiency), Ahimsa (non-violence) and Sarvodaya (progress of all) reiterates our commitment towards society.Talking about the Relevance of Gandhian Philosophy during current times, Dr Manish Sharma, Chairperson, Faculty of Gandhian and Peace Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh highlighted the importance of hygiene and cleanliness both from inside and outside as a first step to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic spread. He said that there is a need to have change in policy making by shifting from pyramid approach to oceanic circle as suggested by Gandhiji.
Dr. Monica Sharma, Director, Department of Gandhian Studies, Kanya Maha Vidyalaya (KMV), Jalandhar informed the participants that Gandhiji had tremendous faith in women’s inherent capacity for non-violence and played an important role in feminization of National Movement for freedom struggle. She highlighted how various phases of the Freedom Struggle helped creating self-confidence among women leading to their empowerment.
Himanshu Pathak, Assistant Director, Press Information Bureau (PIB), Chandigarh moderated the webinar. The session concluded with Shri Hitesh Rawat, Assistant Director, PIB, Chandigarh presented a vote of thanks to all the participants. Students from Panjab University, Chandigarh; Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, Jalandhar and other officials of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting from the region participated in the webinar.
The webinar was organised by Press Information Bureau and Regional Outreach Bureau, Chandigarh, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. As a part of this webinar, experts from the region in the field of Gandhian Studies were invited as Guest Speakers.