Devaswom Minister Ramachandran Kadannappally has called upon the young generation to work against violent and subversive tendencies in the society in an effort to strengthen the country’s freedom and progress.

Addressing the Republic Day Parade held at the Police Parade Ground here on Wednesday, the Minister said that the entire world was now turning to the Gandhian philosophy of non-violence. Referring to the United Nations’ decision to observe the birth day of Gandhiji as the International Day of Non-Violence, the Minister said that the relevance of Gandhiji was now being discovered across the world.

Observing that violent tendencies could be eradicated only by thoughts that refine the human minds, he urged the young generation to wake up to the urgency of fighting violent and subversive tendencies in the society.

Mr. Ramachandran said that the country had achieved great progress in science and technology and education sectors. Peace and harmony should prevail in the society to maintain the progress and make further achievements. What the country should encourage was a civic sense that could equip the people to work further for peace and tranquility in the society, he said adding that any attempt to create unrest in the society should be opposed to cultivate peace. He also called upon the people to re-dedicate themselves to the cause of protecting the country’s freedom and sovereignty on the occasion of the 62{+n}{+d} Republic Day.

The Minister hoisted the Tricolour and took salute from the parading contingents of local and armed police, National Cadet Corps and the Scouts and Guides. Best cadets and police personnel were bestowed medals at the function. There was also display by police dogs.

K. Sudhakaran, MP, District Collector V.K. Balakrishnan, Superintendent of Police Ramdas Pothan and municipal chairperson M.C. Sreeja were among those present at the Republic Day function.