Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the Gandhi Peace Centre here at Khandagiri-Udaygiri caves, a joint initiative of the Aditya Birla Group.
“I am sure that this ‘Gandhi Centre for Peace’ will provide an institutionalized platform to awaken consciousness about the life and works of Gandhiji and educate people to realize the deeper significance of his ideals,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said dedicating the museum.
India achieved freedom in 1947. By this time, Non-violence had become truly global, an identity of Indian-ness, and a more potent weapon than violence, said the Chief Minister.
It is in this context, I urge a grateful nation to pay tribute to the Mahatma by ‘incorporating non-violence in the Preamble of the Constitution’ in his 150th year. At the heart of the idea of non-violence, remain dialogue, reconciliation, accommodation and understanding. These values pave the way for peaceful resolution of many intractable issues of our collective life, he added.
The Gandhi Peace Centre is a unique digital interactive museum to promote the Gandhian values having six galleries where items related to Gandhi have been displayed.
The ‘Ahinsa Stambha’ and ‘selfie zone’ are two special attractions of the centre.
A multimedia show on Gandhi’s ideology of truth, non-violence and policy of Jainism would be displayed till March 15. This apart, a debate and prayer programme will also be organised.
Notably, the state government had signed an MoU with the Aditya Birla Group for operation and management of the interpretation centre at Khandagiri-Udayagiri caves and decided to rename it as Eternal Gandhi Peace Centre in 2017 which would be valid for 15 years.