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By Kalpana Palkhiwala
Deputy Director ( M & C), Press Information Bureau, New Delhi

Russell Brand and Katy Perry marriage is moving in the right direction

Nevada, USA, Oct 21, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus seem to be currently convinced that upcoming Russell Brand and Katy Perry marriage is “moving in the right direction” in following traditional Hindu rituals, although little more piety would help.

According to reports, English actor-comedian Brand and American musician Perry are undergoing a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony on October 23 at Sher Bagh Resort adjoining Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan state of India on October 23.

World fondly Remembers the Mahatma on Gandhi birthday

Comity of nations across the globe, having faith in democracy continue to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth day on the 2nd day of October every year because of the relevancy of his time-tested principles of truth and non-violence. The over six decades old philosophy continued to be relevant in the modern world even today. Gandhi’s philosophy of Satyagraha (Truth) and Non-violence (Ahimsa) has lead the United Nations to adopt his birthday as the International Day of Non-Violence thus declaring him a global ambassador for preaching peace and communal harmony. The United Nations General Assembly had adopted a resolution to this effect on 15th of June 2007. In the home front, the Father of the Nation continued to be an undeclared brand ambassador for achieving social justice in the promotion of communal harmony, eradication of poverty, women’s rights, universal education and other burning problems of the day. His contribution in these sectors is the befitting reply to those who ask the question — Is Mahatma Gandhi relevant today. His enumeration of seven sins like politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, commerce without morality, science without humanity and worship without sacrifice, will continue to guide the humankind forever. He always preached for respect to various cultures and religions based on the fundamentals of Listening, Speaking and Appreciating each other as he believed that in a vibrant democracy, the concerns of everyone, predominantly, the poor, women and disadvantaged communities must be addressed. Gandhi always preached “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This gives the message that as India experiences rapid growth, it is vital that its citizens work together to ensure that the progress made is truly inclusive and that weaker sections are equal stakeholders in the processes of development. Eminent historians likened Gandhi to be a politician, an economist, a doctor, a nutritionist, an environmentalist and a spiritual master - all rolled into one. This is also evident from the description of Mahatma Gandhi as the legendary Indian icon by no less than the American President Mr Barack Obama, who has asked the young Africans to follow Gandhi in bringing changes in the continent. In his address to the Young African Leaders from nearly 50 African countries at the White House on 4th of August this year, Mr Obama quoted Gandhi as having said – “you have to be the change that you seek.” Gandhi proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of non-violence, a true symbol of peace and truth.

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