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RECOLLECTION: N.Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, New Delhi, addressing the students of Yadava College in Madurai on Wednesday. PHOTO: S.JAMES.
RECOLLECTION: N.Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, New Delhi, addressing the students of Yadava College in Madurai on Wednesday. PHOTO: S.JAMES.

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Satyagraha movement has become relevant

MADURAI: Literature on Mahatma Gandhi was growing every year both in India and abroad and the Satyagraha movement had become very relevant in the context of human rights violations, N. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, said here on Wednesday.

He said the largest number of books and articles that came out each year was on Gandhi and over 200 books were written about the Father of the Nation every year.

Dr. Radhakrishnan was addressing the students of Yadava College at a seminar on `Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha Centenary Celebration,' organised by the Department of History.

According to him, about 350 Ph. Ds theses were written each year on topics related to Gandhi and many universities abroad taught and organised lectures on the Mahatma.

Stating that the Satyagraha idea was a concept against human rights violations, he pointed out that the movement emphasised the `right to live' for every human being.

"In 1906, when Gandhi launched the Satyagraha, his first objective was to free people from fear as he recognised that fear was the biggest enemy of human beings, which had to be removed before the freedom movement was taken up on a large scale," Dr. Radhakrishnan said.

S. Jeyaprakasam, Professor and Head, Department of Gandhian Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University, said Satyagraha was execution of the `ahimsa' path and more than 50 countries achieved their freedom only through peaceful means advocated by Gandhi. He spoke about Gandhi's days in South Africa and how he took up a movement for liberating the people of that country from discrimination.

P. Rengan, Principal in-charge, Yadava College, and K.Jayapalan, Head of Department of History, addressed the students.

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