02 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today exhorted all to give up violence in speech, action and thought.
"Ahimsa is Mahatma Gandhi's greatest gift to the world," said Patnaik in his inaugural address at the 33rd All India Freedom Fighters' Mahotsav being at the Swadhinata Sangrami Sadan Grounds here today.
Patnaik opined that it is only through ahimsa, various problems in the world can be solved and called upon to make it the 'mool mantra' (fundamental principle) of life.
"In the current year when the entire world is observing Bapu's 150th birth anniversary, freedom fighters who had the privilege of joining the country's struggle for freedom at his call have also got the opportunity to observe his 150th birth anniversary. This nation can never forget the sacrifice of freedom fighters for an independent India," the Chief Minister stated.
"Only attainment independence was not Gandhiji's aim. His aim was an exploitation free healthy society and a self-reliant economy. If we all work sincerely in this direction it will be the greatest tribute to Bapu on his 150th birth anniversary.
At the function, Chief Minister offered tributes to freedom fighter and former Chief Minister Hare Krushna Mahtab and unveiled the logo of Mahatab's 120th birth anniversary and a souvenir of the Mahotsav.
Ministers Prafulla Kumar Mallick, Ashok Chandra Panda, Chairman of Swadhinata Sangrami Sadan and MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, MP Ramesh Chandra Majhi, MLA Suresh Kumar Routray, PCC President Niranjan Patnaik among others attended the function chaired by eminent freedom fighter Bhabani Charan Patnaik.