Dimapur, September 17: Press Information Bureau Kohima held a webinar on ‘Gandhi & Self Reliant India (Aatma Nirbhar Bharat) Relevance Now’ on September 17.
Speaker at the webinar, Director-in-charge, Centre of Gandhian Studies, Nagaland University, Dr Temjensosang Imsong stated that out of the 1.3 billion population of India, 70% of it is rural based residing in 7 lakh villages across the country. Gandhi said, “India is a land of villages”, he said and stressed on the importance of Village Swaraj for a true self-reliant India, Village Swaraj where the people and villages are free from social, economic and political bondages. He stated that one of the main concerns of Gandhi was the fulfillment of the basic requirements of life like food, clothing and shelter ideas which were in link with Karl Marx. Imsong raised a question as to why the country was still stressing on the idea of self reliance even after 73 years of Independence drawing answers from Gandhian idea of self reliance which were opposed to industrialization, capitalism and a mass production society where the benefits and privileges are enjoyed by only a few.
Imsong concluded by stating that the village authorities should play a vital role in the making of a self reliant village economy.
Addressing the webinar, Director PIB Imphal, Abhishek Dayal stated that Gandhi’s character was such that one could not encompass all his thoughts in a single lifetime. He stated that the Government’s Aatma Nirbhar Bharat programme was nothing but the revival of Gandhian philosophy of self reliance for the upliftment of the poor. “The country will progress only if all the people are uplifted”, Dayal stated.
The webinar was chaired by Assistant Director PIB Kohima, K Sonikumar Singh and vote of thanks was delivered by Assistant Director PIB (M&C) Pusebozo Sophie.
(Page News Service)