Speech at the inauguration of Gandhi Centre Of Peace in Bhubaneswar


At the outset, I would like to thank Aditya Birla Group for its dedicated support to the Government of Odisha in coming up of 'The Gandhi Centre for Peace' here at Bhubaneswar. Its dedication today in the 150th year of the Mahatma assumes monumental significance. I pay my respectful homage to the Mahatma on this occasion.

India achieved freedom in 1947. By this time, Non-violence had become truly global, an identity of Indian-ness, and a more potent weapon than violence. It is in this context, I urged a grateful nation to pay tribute to the Mahatma by `incorporating non-violence in the Preamble of the Constitution' in his 150th year. At the heart of the idea of non-violence, remain dialogue, reconciliation, accommodation and understanding. These values pave the way for peaceful resolution of many intractable issues of our collective life. I am sure that this 'Gandhi Centre for Peace' will provide an institutionalized platform to awaken consciousness about the life and works of Gandhiji and educate people to realize the deeper significance of his ideals.

Once again, I compliment Smt. Rajashri Birla, Sri Kumarmangalam Birla and Dr. Santrupta Mishra whose tireless efforts and dedication could make this Centre a reality.

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