PATNA: Bihar government’s move to impose total prohibition in the state drew huge applause from Gandhians at a function organized here today to mark 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first major resistance against the British rule, popularly known as “Champaran Satyagraha”.
Gandhi had launched this movement against the Britishers exactly 100 years ago on April 10, 1917 which ultimately changed the course of Indian history.
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Scores of Gandhians who came to attend the function heaped praises on the Bihar government for its bold step towards banning alcohols.
“Today, those violating laws draw more respect than those following them,” said a prominent Gandhian.
Prominent persons like Gandhiji’s grandson and former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Justice (Retd) Chandrasekhar Dharmadhikari, Justice (Retd) Rajendra Sachar, S N Subba Rao, Sachidanand Sinha, Medha Patkar and Prerna Desai attended the function inaugurated by chief minister Nitish Kumar today.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister announced launching year-long campaign to spread Gandhiji’s ideas to every home. He is also set to launch “Gandhi Smriti Yatra” from West Champaran on April 15.