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Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations come to a close

Madras High Court Judge Justice B. Pugalendhi addressing the valedictory function of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebration in Madurai on Sunday.

Madras High Court Judge Justice B. Pugalendhi addressing the valedictory function of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebration in Madurai on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: R_ASHOK

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The youth must take efforts to uphold ‘Sathyam’ or ‘truth, says HC Judge

MADURAI

Madras High Court Judge Justice B. Pugalendhi said that the youth must take efforts to uphold ‘Sathyam’ or ‘truth,’ a virtue strongly advocated by Mahatma Gandhi. He was speaking at the valedictory function of the week-long celebration of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, here on Sunday.

“When I met a number of freedom fighters at the beginning of the event, I wondered if I had any authority to speak about the legend. I later realised that the only qualification necessary to speak about Gandhi is straightforwardness,” he said.

He added that the youth did not deeply uphold morals and values. By taking them back in time and explaining their roots, it was possible to inspire them to be truthful in their actions and their words, he said.

Speaking about the ties between Madurai and Gandhi, Justice Pugalendhi said they had long-winding repercussions on the freedom struggle.

“Famous Britishers of those time would not miss a single opportunity to visit Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple due to its worldwide fame. Gandhi avoided entering the temple on four out of five occasions because the temple did not allow people from Scheduled Castes. He championed the rights of those who did not have a voice and inspired the temple entry movement,” he said.

A debate on whether Gandhism continues to grow or shrink in free India was held. Prizes for students who participated in a series of competitions, including essay writing and painting, were distributed by the judge.

Chairman of Gandhi Memorial Museum T.R. Dinakaran and Curator and Administrative Officer K.R. Nanda Rao made the arrangements.

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