Hyderabad, Oct.2 :Glowing tributes were paid to the Father of the Nation on the occasion of the 151stbirth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in DRDO Township here on Friday.
Organised under the aegis of Estate Management Unit (R&D), chief guest on theoccasion, DrNagasuriVenugopal, Assistant Director of All India Radio, Hyderabad, anauthority on the embodiment of non-violence, extolled the younger generation inparticular to emulate the simplicity with which Gandhiji achieved Independence forIndia. He said that the Mahatma was able to inspire every Indian to strive for winningindependence without any violent means of resistance despite aggression andvictimisation on the part of the British.
Stating that Gandhi after displaying unbelievable bravery while taking on theracist South African government in their land, he said that Gandhi joined theindependence struggle after meeting GopalakrishnaGokhale. He gave a new dimensionto the struggle and spurred a nationwide collectivism, which culminated with the August15, 1947 Red Letter Day.
In his welcome address, programme host and Assistant CCE and Estate Manager,ShaikGhouseMohiddin said that they strictly followed Gandhi’s call for maintainingcleanliness (swachh) at every level. He said it was because of the preventive measuresthat were put in place and the dedication of the staff-volunteers that the entire townshipwas safe from Covid-19 pandemic. Greenery and keeping the environment clean was aneveryday ritual at the Township, he said.
Mohiddin pointed out that the Union Government has urged every Centralorganization to periodically conduct cleanliness drives, which DRDO was doing withconsistency.
Earlier, the chief guest and members of the organizing committee, including MsAnuradhaPandey, offered a floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by garlanding his picture.
Later, school students who had topped in various competitions themed aroundGandhiji were given prizes.Ms. RenukaKulkarni proposed a vote of thanks. (NSS)