On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti we pay rich tributes to the ‘Father of the Nation’ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. This day commemorating his birth anniversary is also aptly observed as “International Day of Non Violence”.
2. The thoughts and deeds of Mahatma are so deep and vast that there is no aspect of life that is today not influenced by Gandhian ideology. His legendary tools of truth and non-violence to fight for freedom have inspired so many leaders across the length and breadth of the globe in their struggles against injustice. Spinning and weaving was elevated to an ideology for self-reliance and self Government. In his scheme of basic education Gandhiji wanted mother tongue to be the medium of instruction. He preached and practised the values of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation. Today Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is modelled on Gandhian principles. He wanted India to be free from the undesirable practice of untouchability. He fought for the rights of the downtrodden and weaker sections. His health slogan “It is health that is real wealth” is very relevant in the context of prevailing Covid-19 pandemic when each one of us should practice Covid appropriate behaviour of safety and hygiene.
3. I urge all the people and institutions to solemnly observe Gandhi Jayanti by organising appropriate programmes and commit themselves to the practice of Gandhian principles. Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modiji’s call for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ i.e. self-reliant India is the outcome of Gandhian thought and Indian ethos.
4. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti while remembering the sacrifices of the Mahatma for securing the freedom of our country, let us pledge to follow his values, principles and philosophy.
P.S. Sreedharan Pillai
Governor of Goa.
1st October, 2021.