Bhubaneswar: Historical past division of Utkal College in affiliation of Odisha Historical past Congress organised a seminar on “On the Path of Gandhi” to commemorate the centenary of Gandhiji’s arrival in Odisha on Wednesday. Famend creator and recipient of Sahitya Akademi award, Sprint Benahur graced the seminar as chief visitor and spoke concerning the historical past and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi’s go to to the state. Prof. Sabita Acharya, Vice-Chancellor additionally attended the programme.
“Mahatma Gandhi is the one world icon of India,” mentioned Sprint Benahur in his deal with to the scholars. He spoke concerning the time when Gandhi was assassinated, United Nations’s flag was lowered to half-mast to point out its respect, a practice often reserved for heads of states. Gandhi was an atypical citizen however was and nonetheless is probably the most revered Indian icon throughout the globe.
“The primary time Mahatma Gandhi visited Odisha was on twenty third March, 1921. It was additionally Dola Purnima, a competition of colors and renewal. His go to in a way renewed Odisha,” added Sprint Benahur. His first go to gave an amazing impetus to the liberty motion in Orissa. It as soon as once more stimulated the folks’s zeal and enthusiasm for the reason for nationwide motion. Benahur additionally expressed his disappointment on the present political eventualities the place folks have been seen recreating scenes of Gandhi’s homicide and hailing the person who killed the daddy of our nation.
Mahatma Gandhi had visited Odisha eight instances in between 1921 to 1946. Sprint Benahur talked about these visits at nice size and urged college students to domesticate the behavior of studying. He urged many books on Gandhi, such because the autobiography of Gandhi, Little recognized info about Gandhi and Hind Swaraj amongst many others.
Prof. Sabita Acharya in her deal with spoke about how Gandhi noticed Odisha because the Khadi Hub of the nation. He witnessed the poverty in Odisha throughout his visits and visualised the state as the proper platform for the Khadi motion which might assist the folks economically as effectively. “In the present day we stay in a free nation the place human rights exists. It grew to become doable as a result of Gandhi fought towards hatred, castes and oppression,” mentioned Prof. Acharya.
Prof. Nigamananda Das, Director, School Improvement Council was invited because the visitor of honour within the seminar. As a professor and pupil of chemistry, he spoke about conserving the atmosphere and Gandhiji’s views on science. Prof. Basant Kumar Mallik, Chairperson, PG Council and Head of the Dept of Historical past gave the welcome deal with and Dr. Subash Chandra Barik, Normal Secretary, Odisha Historical past Congress proposed the formal vote of thanks. Retd. The Vice-Chancellor felicitated professor and creator Dr. Somarani Chand on the event.