Kohima, November 6 (NE): In commemoration of 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi, a part of the series of year long events; A lecture on ‘ Gandhi Katha’ was organized by Raj Bhavan and Department of Higher and Technical Education, Govt. Of Nagaland, at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima, on November 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm.
Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna, Chief Functionary, Gandhian Forum of Ethical Corporate Governance, New Delhi, gave the lecture on ‘Gandhi Katha’, while RN Ravi, Governor of Nagaland and his gracious wife and Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister of Nagaland, and his gracious wife were present at the program.
Remembering Mahatma Gandhi (apostle of peace and non-violence)
T. Mhabemo Yanthan, commissioner & secretary to Governor gave the opening remarks and highlighted the whole year long series of events on account of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
He acknowledged that around 250 students from Japfu Christian College, Mt. Olive, Kohima Science College, and few other colleges and participants from Chumukedima Hindu Yuva including N. K. Naga attended the program.
The program also witnessed the release of the song ‘How’s the Josh’ by the Governor of Nagaland Shri R.N Ravi. (composed & sung by N.K. Naga).
The Japfü Christian College Principal along with faculty and staff presented the song titled ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’ which was one of the favourite hymns of Mahatma Gandhi, as mentioned by Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna.
Also, a song titled, ‘ Lead, kindly light’ was sung by college students.
An extract: A lecture on ‘Gandhi Katha’ by Shobhana Radhakrishna:
Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna, Born in Gandhi Ashram, Maharashtra near Nagpur narrates how her father had been a part of the Gandhi Ashram when he was a kid and Gandhi was in his 50s.
Mentioning that it is her first visit to Nagaland, Dr. Shobhana appreciated Nagaland and said that it is a Non-violent society which was one that Gandhi had dreamt of.
Narrating about Mahatma Gandhi, she says the Foundation of Gandhi’s strength is God and he believed , “There is no God higher than truth.” Gandhi doesn’t allow the fear of society to cloud his mind.
She encouraged everyone to read the Autobiography of Gandhi (1925)- “My
Experiments with Truth” Which according to Dr. Shobhana is one of the cheapest inspirational books available at present in the whole world. He was a scientist experimenting on himself, she says.
Gandhi’s lifestyle was to Identify the truth in everybody for he believes that ‘Truth will always Triumph’- Satyamev Jayate.
Dr. Shobhana recalls what her father had narrated about the ‘Father of the Nation’ saying, Gandhi accorded that everyone is equal. He Walks 18kms per day as a routine. He doesn’t tolerate mistakes.
In Sewagram Ashram, there was a writing on a white board inside Gandhi’s Kuti with three lines of two letters each which read:
But there was no better listener than Gandhi, she clarifies as per her father’s narrative of how Gandhi would pour out his love on people even if it was just a 2 minutes meeting.
Gandhi’s principles were, Truth, Non- Violence and Purity of Means. Of which, the first two are often discussed but the third is hardly mentioned by many, she says.
She also spoke about Horace gundry Alexander(British quaker teacher n pacifist) who calls Gandhi a ‘Slave of Watch’ as Gandhi is strict of timing and doesn’t waste a second idle.
Also mentioned Albert Einstein(Nobel laureate) who said, ‘Gandhi is a supremely practical leader for change. Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time.
‘She mentions of Gandhian Institute in1936 and also Jayaprakash Narayan who visited Nagaland for the peace mission during 1964-65 at Tuensang.
She suggested to set up a Gandhian Institute in Nagaland to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi.
Also mentioned that Gandhi believed in the Christian principles of the Bible especially from the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. The Path of Gandhi- was simply being a human, have love for others and humanity. Hind swaraj 1909 was Gandhi’s dream of India.
She spoke on Satyagraha and leadership lessons from Gandhi’s life.
“There was no difference in what he said and what he did in life which is the true leadership quality of Gandhi.”