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Updated: September 30, 2013 22:47 IST

A fitting tribute to Bapu

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A civic worker cleans a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Mumbai on Monday, ahead of his 144th birth anniversary.
AFP A civic worker cleans a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Mumbai on Monday, ahead of his 144th birth anniversary.

Activists extend invitation to people to spend the intervening night of Oct. 1 and 2, on Gandhi Jayanthi, under the skies to sensitise the public about the homeless and the destitute

How about celebrating Gandhi Jayanti this year under the stars? Concerned citizens plan to observe the Mahatma’s birthday by spending the night with the homeless with whom the father of the nation associated himself.

Aman Biradari, an activist of campaign for peace, justice, secularism and humanism, has extended invitation to persons who want to spend the night of October 1 and 2 in the open parks, pavements, bus stations and railway platforms to express solidarity with the men, women and children who routinely sleep there.

“The idea is to tell society that the homeless are also human and have rights just like other citizens,” said A.V. Ambika, convenor, Campaign for Citizens’ Shelters network and Major Qaudri of Help Hyderabad.

They told presspersons here on Saturday that said the programme would start from Secunderabad Clock Tower at 7 p.m. on October 1 and culminate at the Nampally railway station between 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. the next day. Eminent persons will speak to sensitise civil society on the homeless issue. Theatre groups will give performances based on the issue. Groups of 25 to 30 persons will also visit children homes run by Balyamitra.

A documentary film and interactive fun and music programme is also lined up.

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So many massive buildings lie empty across our vast country. Resources of the nation have been consumed to put up up these structures. But thousands of citizens of the country spend their nights on footpaths, pavements and such other less protected spaces. The late Bapu would have been sad to see the plight of fellow Indians still not having a roof over their heads even after more than six decades of Independence.

from:  Dr.Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: Oct 1, 2013 at 00:03 IST
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