Mahatma Gandhi was always opposed to the division of India. His efforts to prevent the Partition were incomparable to any other. He always tried to spread happiness and eradicate hatred. In this mission, he visited villages, various parts of India to spread the message of friendship and unity among the people. Gandhi left behind the power of Satyagraha, taught people to think of the poor when in conflict and made people realise that not only should India be free but every Indian should also be free. He taught people to be fearless, brave and educated them about the true meaning of ‘Ahimsa’ (non-violence). This was stated by renowned biographer and historian, Shri Rajmohan Gandhi during his ‘Keynote Address’ on the topic ‘Understanding Gandhi’. He was speaking on the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Founders’ Day of the Clarks Group of Hotels, Shri Babu Brijpal Das at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur.
Mr. Gandhi further said that there is some truth to the statement that Gandhi did not devote as much time to his own family. This was perhaps because he adopted all of India as his family. But, Gandhi loved his family and his grandchildren very much. As the ‘Father of the Nation’, he considered all the children of the country his own children and had to sacrifice spending time with his own family. As his family, we also realised that although Gandhi is in our blood, his soul lives in all children of the nation.
Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalraj Mishra said that Gandhi taught us that we are not lesser than anyone else and giving inferiority complex any space in our minds is a crime. He gave the order for the decolonisation of a huge empire through the power of Satyagraha and Ahimsa. Satyagraha is not for the weak it is for the brave and the strong. Gandhi has always tried instilled Swabhlamban (self-reliance) among the youth and Indians. This was a combination of Swabhiman (self-respect), Swadeshi (indigenous) and Gram Swaraj. Bapu further taught us the sins of our society – politics without principles, business without ethics, deeds without character and science without humanity. Earlier, he recited ‘The Preamble of the Indian Constitution’ and ‘Fundamental Rights’ of India along with the audience present on the occasion.
Earlier, the eminent Acharya Shrivastava Goswami outlined the life and work of Founder of Clarks Amer, Shri Babu Brijpal Das.
Following this, 5 well-known personas who have made a significant contribution to the society were felicitated by the Governor; Shri Rajmohan Gandhi; Owner of Hotel Clarks Amer, Mr. Apurv Kumar and Ms. Rajeshwari Kumar. Those felicitated were – Dr. Jack Reece of Help in Suffering; Director of Umang, Ms. Deepak Kalra; Ms. Faith Singh of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation; well-known writer, Ms. Dharmendra Kanwar and renowned eye-surgeon, Dr. Shamsher Chand Bhandari.
The Welcome Address was delivered by Ms. Upasana Kumar and Vote of Thanks was delivered by Ms. Ankur Kumar. The talk sessions were followed by an interactive ‘Q & A’ session of the students with Mr. Gandhi.
The programme began with a special National Anthem action song by the students of Shanti Asiatic School. The programme witnessed the attendance of around 1000 students from 30 schools.