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Terrorist forces are getting stronger: P. J. Joseph

RELEVANCE OF GANDHI:Water Resources Minister P.J. Joseph arrives for the Mary Vijayam Sahityolsavam in Thrissur on Saturday.—Photo: K. K. Najeeb
RELEVANCE OF GANDHI:Water Resources Minister P.J. Joseph arrives for the Mary Vijayam Sahityolsavam in Thrissur on Saturday.—Photo: K. K. Najeeb

Gandhian principles have more relevance today as terrorism and violence are widespread across the country, Water Resources Minister P. J. Joseph has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating Mary Vijayam Sahithyolsavam at Kerala Sahitya Akademi auditorium on Saturday.

“Terrorist and fugitive forces are strengthening in the country. Youngsters are willing to become human bombs for creating mass destruction. Gandhi is a natural inspiration and inevitable symbol for all humanitarian efforts in favour of peace and non-violence,” he said.

Presiding over the function, Auxiliary Bishop of Thrissur Archdiocese Mar Raphael Thattil said political parties had failed to fight for people’s causes.

The Kerala Public Service Commission chairman K.S. Radhakrishnan delivered the key-note address on ‘Political violence and Cultural leadership.’

Winners of the Mary Vijayam Awards were felicitated at the function.

The winners of various awards are: Dr. Cyriac Thomas (Darshana award for socio-cultural activities); Fr. Felix Podimattam (Dr. M. V. Pylee award for scholarly literature); Fr. Alexander Paikada (Best media professional); Sister. Scholastica (Charity service) and Shornur Karthikeyan (Best essay). The awards, consisted of a purse of Rs. 10,000 and a citation.

Prizes were also distributed to winners of various literary competitions held by the Mary Vijayam magazine.

Mary Vijyam Sahitya samithy president Fr. Devassy Panthallukkaran, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Secretary R. Gopalakrishnan, Thrissur Doordarsan Kendra director C.K. Thomas, Thrissur Press Club president Joy M. Mannur and others spoke.

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