Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), July 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that Mahatma Gandhi has shown a way to mitigate the menace of terror and climate change, adding that his ideals are relevant in all the eras.
The Prime Minister, who unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Bishkek, earlier discussed a wide range of issues with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev.
After unveiling statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the Prime Minister said: “Even if Mahatma Gandhi was born in India, his personality was such that his ideals belonged to the world. Mahatma Gandhi’s personality transcends ages, his ideals are relevant in all the eras. Mahatma Gandhi does not belong to any era. He will guide us forever.”
Modi said: “The world is facing two problems – that of climate change and the other is terrorism. It was Mahatma Gandhi who has shown a way to mitigate these two menaces, terror and climate change.”
The Prime Minister further said that Mahatma Gandhi had shown the world that freedom can be attained without bloodshed.
“Many people have fought for freedom, but fighting for it without bloodshed, and by means of satyagraha was shown to the world by Mahatma Gandhi. Many people say great things, but what Mahatma Gandhi said was based on his experiences, his ideals were relevant in all the ages,” Prime Minister Modi said.
“Violence has not done any good for anyone. Look back at history, violence has never brought satisfaction to anyone. Non violence and dialogue are the ways ahead. Violence is no solution and Mahatma Gandhi has demonstrated that,” he added.
The Prime Minister further said that Kyrgyzstan and India were connected by geography, history and culture. He also thanked Kyrgyzstan for their hospitality.
Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Djoomart Otorbaev, was also present on the occasion.
Modi started his day by paying his tributes at the Victory Monument in Bishkek. He has so far visited Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Ufa in Russia for the BRICS and SCO Summits.
(With Agency Inputs)