President Kovind remembers Mahatma Gandhi at First World Youth Conference on Kindness

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday inaugurated the first World Youth Conference on Kindness, organised by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), here on Friday.

Addressing the gathering, the President said that Mahatma Gandhi’s values and ideals can be found relevant in any period of human existence and he taught us that our actions should aim at enhancing the dignity and destiny of other human beings

“We could place Gandhiji in a time machine and transport him to any period of human existence and we would find him to be relevant.  Gandhiji remains extremely relevant to our present day concerns such as need for peace and tolerance, terrorism and climate change”, President Kovind said.

Kovind said,”Following Gandhiji’s footsteps, we must let ourselves and our children interact and engage with those whom we tend to define as ‘them’. Greater interaction is the best way to develop a sensitive understanding, which can help us overcome our prejudices.”

“Few weeks from now on October 2, we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of our father of nation. His values are very relevant for us, Gandhi was born in India but belonged to entire humanity”, he added.

The conference with the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World: Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’ witnessed the participation of approximately 1,000 youth representing over 27 countries including from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

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