Staff Reporter

WARANGAL: A two-day national seminar on ‘Gandhian Philosophy and Rural Development’ began on Monday at Kakatiya University Economics department seminar hall.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Maulana Azad National Urdu University Vice-Chancellor A. M. Pathan described Gandhi as a social scientist who devoted his entire life for the country. Gandhi strongly believed that Indian development lay in rural progress. Gandhi strongly supported rural industries and advocated rural development taking village as a basic unit, he said.

He exhorted the delegates to follow what Gandhi said for rural development.

‘Need of the hour’

Presiding over the meeting Kakatiya University Vice-Chancellor V. Gopal Reddy said that Gandhian philosophy was the need of the hour and panacea for the present day violence and crime.

Delivering the keynote address former Minister and Chairman of High Power Committee, Remote and Interior Area Development Programme T. Purushotham Rao said Gandhi was a bridge between past, present and future.

United Nation’s decision to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti as ‘Non violence Day’ worldwide was a clear sign that the world was thinking of Gandhian philosophy which was very much needed. There would have been socio, economic equality, if Gandhi had lived for few more years, he said.

Advocating equality

Presenting the theme paper N. Linga Murthy, professor, said though Gandhi was not an economist, his ideas were taken as Gandhian economy model. He said that Marx was a revolutionary while Gandhi was evolutionary and both their philosophies advocated equality.

Director of the seminar M. Ashok Kumar said the training programme conducted for school teachers on Gandhian philosophy yielded fruitful results. Seminar convener Md. Iqbal Ali, Venkat Narayana and N.Vijaya, professor, were among those present.