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PNM senator calls for acceptance of Gandhian principles

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Avinash Singh

All societies should revisit the philosophy of non-violence and truth enunciated by the late Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, says Senator Avinash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture. Singh said with the total breakdown of family life and moral and human values in today’s society, Gandhi’s teaching was even more relevant today.

Singh was among several people who paid tribute to Gandhi, marking his 68th death anniversary at Kew Place yesterday.

Acting Indian High Commissioner Amar Jeet said that without a doubt, Gandhi’s insistence on truth and his undying commitment to non-violence, coupled with his simplicity and humility are just the kind of messages we need today. “Gandhiji’s vision cannot be turned into reality if we spun the very values that were compulsory to his cause: sincerity of effort, honesty of purpose, and sacrifice for the larger good. Gandhiji is a symbol of peace and harmony for the world.

“Gandhiji’s message is universal and his philosophy of non-violence was his belief that strength comes from righteousness, not force; power comes truth, not mite; victory comes from moral courage not imposed submission.”

Quoting T&T’s first prime minister, Dr Eric Williams, he said what was remarkable about Gandhi was the way he seemed “to be able to go to the root of every aspect that he touched, to create and to leave behind ideas and indications which would make him one of the great figures of the 20th century.”

Former speaker of the House of Representatives, now UNC senator, Wade Mark said Gandhi made a remarkable contribution to economic, social and political development in his time, which remain indelible in the minds of all lovers of freedom and peace in a world wrecked by violence and terrorism.


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