Staff Correspondent

Five women freedom fighters of Belgaum district felicitated

Belgaum: Gandhi Jayanti was a special day in Belgaum this year. Women freedom fighters, who walked along with their male counterparts during the freedom struggle, were not only remembered but also honoured on Thursday.

Five women freedom fighters from Belgaum district — Vasundhara Potdar, Shantabai Daded, Kamtayi Vithal Rao Kadam, Laxmibai Vishwanath Arajkar and Shantabai Deshpande — were honoured at a function organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Mahila Congress at Veersoudha — the venue of the historic Congress session presided over by Mahatma Gandhi in 1924 on Congress Road in the city.

Replying to the felicitation,. Ms. Potdar felt that Gandhian values had become more relevant for the contemporary society, which was dogged by terrorism, communal violence and other social evils. She pointed out that Mahatma Gandhi had worked for empowerment of women while leading the freedom struggle. In fact, that was continuation of twelfth century revolutionary Basaveshwara’s endeavour towards socio-economic and cultural uplift of women. She paid rich tributes to other freedom fighters such as the former Prime Minister the late Lal Bahadur Shastri whose simplicity and truthfulness need to be emulated by the present generation of politicians.

KPMC State general secretary Laxmi Chandrashekhar stressed that it was not enough to celebrate Gandhi Jayathi as “International Non-Violence Day.” Nations and governments need to strive hard to make non-violence a way of every day life.

The function was presided over Belgaum District Congress President S.S. Bhimmannavar. Office-bearers of district and city units of the party were present.