SHILLONG: Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Dr Celestine Lyngdoh on Wednesday regretted that intolerance and atrocities particularly violence against women, had become rampant in India today. Lyngdoh was giving his presidential address on “Values, Ideals and Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi today” on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He also lamented that attempts are made to divest Mahatma Gandhi of his utmost sacrifice in attaining freedom. Victor Keishing, AICC secretary in-charge, Meghalaya, in his address, while talking about Mahatma Gandhi and today’s India, felt that Gandhiji would have cried in sorrow to see the situation in the country today.
Keishing observed that when Mahatma Gandhi’s ideal and principles had been followed by Martin Luther, Nelson Mandela and others in letter and spirit, the country has silently given a goodbye to his ideals and principles.
“Intolerance and division of the society on religious line had become the order of the day,” Keishing said.
MLA Process T Sawkmie also expressed that against the principle, of Mahatma Gandhi, hatred, and insecurity of the weaker section of the country and religious division of the society had become the order of the day.
He exhorted the partymen to have abiding faith in the ideals and principles of Mahatma Gandhi and follow the footprints of the Father of the Nation.
Earlier, the Congress members garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in premises of Meghalaya Main Secretariat, which was followed offering of Flowers at the feet of the statue of the Father of the Nation.
This was followed by a silent march for peace (Padyatra) from Meghalaya Main Secretariat to the Congress Bhawan, which was led by Dr Lyngdoh, James S Lyngdoh, working president, MPCC and accompanied by party MLAs.