Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling and Smt Tika Maya Chamling have extended warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Sikkim on the auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an eminent freedom activist and an influential political leader who played a dominant role in India’s struggle for independence. Gandhi is known by different names, such as Mahatma (a great soul), Bapuji (endearment for father in Gujarati) and ‘Father of the Nation’. Every year, his birthday is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday in India, and also observed as the International Day of Non-violence. Mahatma Gandhi, as he is most commonly referred to, was instrumental in liberating India from the clutches of the British raj. With his powerful political tools of Satya graha and non-violence, he has inspired several other political leaders all over the world. Gandhiji, apart from helping India triumph in its fight for independence against the British, also led a simple and righteous life, for which he is often revered.
The Chief Minister has expressed hope that the auspicious occasion will be a reminder for all of us to tread upon Gandhiji’s path of truth, non-violence and cleanliness. He also called upon the people to work towards universal peace, global unity, true compassion and swachhta (cleanliness).
In his message, the Chief Minister says that the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi are relevant even today, for , his vision for the country and his dream for the community as a whole still hold good for India. He said, “On this momentous day, let us re-dedicate ourselves to the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi : non-violence, peace and tolerance.”
“I urge the people of Sikkim to imbibe wisdom from the valued teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and strive to translate Bapu’s ideals into action. May his vision lead us through the challenges of the present and enable us build a stronger State and Nation”, the Chief Minister concluded.