Webinar on ‘Re-imagining Mahatma Gandhi’ | Toe Gandhian principles to be honest: VC

RONO HILLS, Aug 30: Rajiv Gandhi University vice chancellor Prof. Saket Kushwaha exhorted youth, students, scholars and academia to toe Gandhian principles to be honest towards personal and professional obligations in his inaugural address to an online national webinar on ‘Re-imagining Mahatma Gandhi’ here on Sunday.

The webinar, organized by sociology department, was part of observation of 150th birth day of Mahatma to reimagining Gandhi based on reflexive understanding to ignite the young minds to seek remedies to present issues and problems at any level.

Three renowned resource persons of JNU also spoke.

Prof. Anand Kumar of the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, JNU, speaking on ‘Learning from life and practices of Mahatma’, reiterated that Gandhi was one of the pioneers who lived nature’s way while people in contemporary times wish to live by the nature. Gandhi became Gandhi by reading, thinking and living the way he preached. Therefore, Gandhian way is a great lesson for present generation to learn. The process of change for Gandhi is very important, but it must be ethical, nonviolent and democratic affirming rights to all destitute and minorities, he said. ‘Foreign’ has become ‘fashionable’ in this country, he emphatically said.

Prof. Deepak Kumar of Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social sciences, speaking  on ‘Reason and rationality in Gandhian thought process’,  suggested that while reasoning and rationality are important, technology should not be treated as a panacea rather capacity building of key stakeholders. Technology is only beneficial till the users have transparent and bonafide intent, he said.

Prof. Avijit Pathak of Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, speaking on ‘The Gandhian Talisman’, highlighted Noakhali incident and reminded that when there was hatred all around, it was Gandhi’s love that had pacified the rioters. He also recalled Rabindranath Tagore’s famous song- “Jodi tor dak shune keu na ase, tobe ekla chalo re” (when none joins your righteous path, then walk alone).

Webinar coordinator Dr. Vinod Kumar Yadav of  commerce department said that Gandhian ideology and philosophy are beyond time and space.

Gandhian imagery should be shifted from round specs and spinning wheel but should be re-shifted to his humane and empathetic principles, said webinar convener-cum-sociology assistant Prof Dr. Shashank Yadav.

RGU Pro-VC Prof. Amitava Mitra in is concluding remarks said that Gandhi was a master strategist and refined economist who focused on every sector of economy.

Social Work assistant Prof Dr. Ravi Ranjan Kumar was its moderator, sociology HoD Bikash Bage director and Dr. Nawaz Khan (mass communication) media coordination of the webinar in which 250 college & varsity students, research scholars and faculties took part, according to a RGU release.

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