Bhubaneswar, Oct 2: The solemn occasion of Gandhi Jayanti has a special significance this year. This time, the country is commemorating it in 75th year of independence. On this occasion today, there was a celebration of peace, non-violence, and freedom at Lok Seva Bhawan.
He added that the peepal tree signifies knowledge, enlightenment, happiness and auspiciousness. Since ages, it continues to represent the collective conscience of a pan-indian cultural heritage. From the ancient Indus Valley civilisation to the sacred pages of Bhagwat Geeta to the enlightenment of Lord Budhha, the CM said, the peepal tree has always been an inseparable part of our socio-cultural life. The saga of peepal belongs to our past, our present and our future too. It is the epitome of our intellectual and moral freedom, he emphasised.
On the occasion, veteran freedom fighter and the President of State Freedom Fighters’ Association Shri Nilamani Samal presented a Charkha to the Chief Minister. The CM honoured him by presenting a shawl.
The Ahimsa Rath, that was moving all across the State disseminating the message of peace and non-violence, reached the Lok Seva Bhawan today. Welcoming the Rath, the Chief Minister thanked all for the kind of response it received by the people of the State.
The Chief Minister released special editions of Utkal Prasang and Odisha Review. He also released a special commemorative publication on the visit of Mahatma Gandhi to Odisha.
Ministers, top officers, and dignitaries were present on the occasion.
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