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Manipur remembers Rajiv Gandhi, CM appeals to promote oneness

He further expressed his desire to make the observance more meaningful with every citizen following its basic theme of Sadbhavana in a real sense.

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Imphal: Manipur CM, N. Biren Singh said that the motto of the Government is to protect the lives and property of the general public and as such the Government would always work for the welfare of its people irrespective of differences among different communities residing in the State.

He was speaking during observation of Sadbhavana Diwas at Manipur Rifles complex here on Thursday.

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Sadbhavana Diwas is observed every year on 20th August, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

However, this year, the Diwas was observed on Thursday as 20th August falls on Saturday which is a closed holiday for Government Offices, and 19th August 2022 is a Gazetted holiday on account of the Janmashtami festival.

The theme of Sadbhavana is to promote National Integration and Communal Harmony among people of all religions, languages, and regions. The idea behind observance is to eschew violence and to promote goodwill among the people.

N Biren said that Manipur is like a mini-India where people from different communities had been residing together for the last many years, he stressed the importance of phasing out all differences and marching forward together to make one Manipur within one India.

Stating the objectives of observing the Sadbhavana Diwas as to promote National Integration and Communal Harmony, the Chief Minister expressed that observation of the same is very important for a country like India which is resided by different communities. He further expressed his desire to make the observance more meaningful with every citizen following its basic theme of Sadbhavana in a real sense.

He further raised concern about exercising the freedom of speech by some people beyond the ambit provided under the Constitution of India, causing harm to the interest of the general public and creating tension among different communities.

He appealed to the public to refrain from such activities and asked them to come up with their grievances in the right forum and through their elected representatives so that they could be solved at the earliest.

Mentioning that the State’s achievements in different sectors were due to the prevalence of peace and support of the people, he expressed happiness that the public had begun to actively participate in the development works of the Government. This shows the true meaning of democracy with people’s participation in governance, he added.

Power, Forest, and Environment Minister Thongam Biswajit stated that the main objective behind the observance of Sadbhavana Diwas was to promote National Integration and Communal Harmony among people and to refrain from any form of violence.

On the occasion, he recalled the distinctive thoughts and ideals of Former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi and added that the latter had always worked for the peaceful co-existence among different communities and making a strong united India during his dynamic leadership.

He continued the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had always worked to bring equal development in both hill and valley areas through various initiatives.

The Government had left no stone unturned to bridge the gap in development across the State and to maintain the aged-old relationship among different communities, he added.

The Minister stressed that misunderstanding and mistrust arising between any community could be redressed through political dialogues which are imperative for maintaining a healthy relationship and peaceful co-existence.

During the observation, the Chief Minister led the other dignitaries and officials in taking the solemn pledge to work for the emotional oneness and harmony of all the people of India regardless of caste, region, religion, or language. The pledge further read to resolve all differences through dialogue and constitutional means without resorting to violence.

Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, and Senior Civil and Police Officials also attended the program among others.

Artistes of Shri Shri Bal Mukunda Dev Government Music College, Imphal performed the opening and closing songs as a part of the observance.

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