PIB/ TMB Report
IMPHAL: Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel laid the foundation of a strong and united India and his life will continue to inspire every generation of Indians to work for a healthy and prosperous society. This was the thrust of deliberations at the webinar on “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel- His life, Philosophy, Ideology & Contribution”on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Patel organized by Press Information Bureau and Field Outreach Bureau,Kohima today.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Thungchanbeni Kithan, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Nagaland University, said that Sardar Patel joined freedom movement in 1917 after getting influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. His initial struggle for the rights of the farmers in Kheda led to a powerful movement against the British authorities. Prof Kithan recounted the details of his contribution to the freedom movement adding that he was recognized right from the start as one of the tallest leaders of freedom movement. She pointed out that we must not forget that it was not only Junagarh, Hyderabad and Jammu and Kashmir that were difficult to integrate, but also Nagaland.
Professor Arun Kumar Singh from Department of Political Science, Nagaland University said that today we need leaders like Sardar Patel because India faces constant threats to unity, both internal and external. Prof Singh lamented the fact that scant attention has been given to the huge contribution of Sardar in history and political science books. He said that we cannot think of Indian freedom struggle or of a united India without Sardar. His push for cooperative movement among farmers in Gujarat is paying results even today, he added.
In his address, Abhishek Dayal, Director, Press Information Bureau, Imphal said thatthe occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Patel gives us an opportunity to refresh our memories of his values and ideas. He asked the media to highlight the lives and times of the founding fathers so that our children also learn the lessons in dedication to motherland and service to the poorest people.
K. Sonikumar Singh, Assistant Director, PIB Kohima welcomed the participants saying that PIB is hosting a series of webinars on Sardar to pay homage to the great leader as well as to initiate a vibrant public discourse on the values of freedom movement.
In his vote of thanks, P. Sophie, Field Exhibition Officer, FOB, Kohima said that it would be a befitting homage to the Iron man of India if we can educate our younger generation with the ideas and values of Sardar Patel.
The webinar was attended by over 30 officials of the North East Zone, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, members of the media, students and academicians.