PATNA: The state government in Bihar in a rare gesture has announced to honour over 5,000 freedom fighters across the country to mark completion of 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first visit to Champaran.
It was from Champaran in Bihar that Mahatma Gandhi had launched a non-violent movement against the Britishers.
All the freedom fighters will be honoured at a function to be held in Patna on April 17.
According to a state government official, each one will be given a memento and a shawl. Reports said the government will bear the entire cost incurred on their transportation, lodging and food arrangements.
The government has also planned to extend an invite to former US president Barack Obama and his wife to attend a function to be orgaised to commemorate 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first visit to Champaran.
Apart from him, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and state counselor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi too are being invited. All are said to be impressed with the ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi.
A four-day programme is to be held in Patna from April 10 during which some 800 distinguished guests from Indian and abroad are scheduled to attend the function, as per media reports.
The state government has announced year-long celebrations to mark 100 years of Champaran satyagrah to reach the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi to every household.
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