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“Ahimsa is Mahatma Gandhi’s greatest gift to the world: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar:2/1/20: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday exhorted the people to shun violence in speech, action as well as in thought.

Patnaik, while addressing the 33rd All India Freedom Fighters’ Mahotsav held at the Swadhinata Sangrami Sadan Grounds here said, “Ahimsa is Mahatma Gandhi’s greatest gift to the world”.

The Odisha Chief Minister observed that it is only through ahimsa, numerous problems in the world could be solved. He called upon the people to embrace the ‘mool mantra’ (fundamental principle) of life.

“In the current year when the entire world is observing Bapu’s 150th birth anniversary, freedom fighters who had the privilege of joining the country’s struggle for freedom at his call have also got the opportunity to observe his 150th birth anniversary. This nation can never forget the sacrifice of freedom fighters for an independent India,” the Chief Minister said.


Patnaik said the attainment of independence was not Gandhiji’s ultimate aim, but it was his vision to establish a nation free from exploitation and a vibrant economy. If we all work sincerely in this direction it will be the greatest tribute to Bapu on his 150th birth anniversary, he observed.

The Chief Minister paid glowing tributes to freedom fighter and former Chief Minister Hare Krushna Mahtab and unveiled the logo of Mahtab’s 120th birth anniversary and a souvenir of the Mahotsav.

The function was chaired by eminent freedom fighter Bhabani Charan Patnaik. Those who attended the programme are ministers Prafulla Kumar Mallick, Ashok Chandra Panda, Chairman of Swadhinata Sangrami Sadan and MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, MP Ramesh Chandra Majhi, MLA Suresh Kumar Routraya and PCC President Niranjan Patnaik.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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