Nitish Kumar for Gandhian alternative to counter intolerance
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday attacked the “growing intolerance and confrontations” in the country and asked Gandhian thinkers to come up with an alternative agenda relevant in today’s era, to take the nation forward.
Nitish was speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day national discourse on Mahatma Gandhi, being held in Patna, to herald the year-long centenary celebrations of Gandhi’s arrival in Bihar, on April 10, 1917. Gandhi had then launched an agitation against forced indigo cultivation (tinkathia system) by British colonialists which ultimately led to its abolition.
Gandhian thinkers from across the country, including Mahatma’s grandson Gopal Krishna Gandhi, former judge and Gandhi’s acquaintance Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, activist Medha Patkar, former judge Rajinder Sachar, social worker SN Subba Rao, economist Prerana Desai, and a host of other scholars and delegates, participated in the discourse.
“There is a peculiar environment in the country and across the globe today. There is intolerance, materialism, violence, social confrontations, sophism and lack of dialogue,” Nitish said and cited an example of denotification of highways by some state governments to go around the Supreme Court’s ban on sale of liquor on highways. “Those in governance are resorting to such manipulation?” he asked.
Nitish requested the thinkers to …read more