Gandhiji’s principle of nonviolence accepted by world leaders in todays context holds special significance for those working for world peace, said Odisha Governor Dr S C Jamir. Addressing a national conference on “Remembering Mahatma Gandhi: Compassion and Relevance for our times” at Xavier University City Campus here, Dr Jamir said world knows that Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and a host of the geniuses of the world have followed the footprints of Mahatma Gandhi .
Former South African President Nelson Mandela had acknowledged the debt of his country’s struggle against apartheid to Gandhian thought and principles, said Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir. Stressing upon the relevance of Gandhian thought Governor said, Gandhi accepted the reality of interconnectedness of all spheres of life and called for solution of conflict, disputes, problems and struggles without any prejudice.
Gandhiji called for readiness to compromise always, but without surrendering selfrespect, and by abiding to truth and morality. Prof. Dr Fr. Paul Fernades, Vice-Chancellor, Xavier University and Prof. Fr. EA Augustine, Registrar spoke on the occasion. Governor unveiled statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the campus.
The conference was inaugurated at the Xavier City campus by Major General Chris J Eze (retired), High Commissioner, Republic of Nigeria, Dr Ashok Das, Vice Chairman, Odisha State Higher Education Council, and Shri S. N. Sahu, Former OSD and Press Secretary to the late President of India, K. R. Narayanan.
Mr•Sahu spoke about the application of the Gandhian world view in today’s world. Dr Das, coming from the background of academia, elaborated on how the current education system, including the best of institutions have failed to produce job creators, instead of job seekers. Major General Chris J Eze (retired), High Commissioner, Republic of Nigeria dwelt on the impact of the Mahatma’s teachings and values across the globe, especially in the South African peninsula.
XUB engaged in a debate on, ‘The Relevance of Gandhian Perspective’, especially the ‘Seven Deadly Social Sins’, which was chaired by Dr. Snigdha Pattnaik, Dean, Xavier School of Human Resources and Dr. S. Peppin, Dean, Xavier School of Sustainability Management.
The technical session on ‘Satyagraha, Non-Violence and Humane Development,’ began in the evening. The panelists for the occasion were – Dr Shiv Viswanathan, Dr D. Jeevan Kumar and Prof. Rajsekhar Basu. The evening concluded with a cultural performance by Mr. Pradip Dey’s Rabindra Sangeet and Odissi byPadmashree Aruna Mohanty and troupe.