Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Governor Narinder Nath Vohra have paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his birthday, celebrated across India as Gandhi Jayanti.
The Chief Minister described him as “the champion of human values and architect of Secular Democratic India”. In his message, he has said that the best way of paying tributes to Gandhi is by contributing wholeheartedly to create classless society where equality and justice will be in charge.
He has also mentioned the plight of flood sufferers in the State and asked people to render all support to them for rehabilitation.
An official statement mentioned that the Governor paid tributes to the ‘father of the nation’, a title conferred to Gandhi, but officially declared. He described Gandhi as an apostle of peace and a staunch believer of non-violence whose sacrifices and teachings are indelibly imprinted on the global conscience.
“In a message, the Governor recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s signal contributions to the struggle for the achievement of freedom from the colonial yoke, his sustained campaign against social injustice, racism and suppression of the under-privileged sections and his unending pursuit for the establishment of a truly secular and harmonious society,” the statement mentioned.
The Governor said that, at this juncture, the most befitting tribute which can be paid to him would be to recall and revive his values and teachings by re-invigorating and strengthening the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood, amity and establishing a truly secular environment.
The Governor said that, in the aftermath of the colossal floods that have ravaged the State, the government and the people are faced with a gigantic task of ensuring cleanliness and sanitation and effectively ensuring against the spread of any health problem. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, he has exhorted all citizens of the State to undertake ‘Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan’ to ensure cleanliness in and around every habitation.