CHENNAI: Mahatma Gandhi represented the imperishable vitality of Indian culture and history, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said on Tuesday.
Pointing out that the spirit of Gandhi penetrated the human mind in the country, Mr Barnala said Gandhiji wanted people to recognise the flaws and weaknesses in themselves and strive to cure the ills with insight, courage and perseverance. He identified the social ills and prejudices that weakened the country and he brought the issues to the forefront of the national agenda for political and social reformation. It was an indication of his greatness that he pursued the cause of social reform as a basis for the quest for national freedom, independence and reconstruction.
Mr. Barnala was speaking after presenting the Mahatma Gandhi Sahayogi Puraskar and Mahatma Gandhi Samastha Puraskar, instituted by the Gandhian Integrated Forum Trust (GIFT) for individuals and institutions.
The Governor called upon the youth to imbibe with Gandhiji’s ideals.
Among those who received the Sahayogi Puraskar were Communist Party of India leader R. Nallakannu; C.D.V. Raghavulu, trustee of the GIFT; S.P. Sarkunapandian, former Minister; R. Santhanam, G. Santhanam, M. Rajaram, all IAS officers; and J. Umamaheswari, a senior official of the Education Department.