Last Updated on February 17, 2023 by SPN Editor
Manipur observed Sadbhavana Diwas at the Banquet Hall of the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles on Thursday with CM N Biren and Power, Forest and Environment Minister Thongam Biswajit attending as Chief Guest and President respectively. The leaders stressed on people’s participation in the governance for bringing peace and development in the State.
Speaking on the occasion, N Biren claimed that the State’s achievements in different sectors was due to 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.
Speaking on the occasion, Biren maintained that the motto of governance 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. Continuing that Manipur is like a mini-India where people from different communities had been residing together for the last many years, he stressed on 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 observance of Sadbhavana Diwas 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 on 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 it could be resolved at the earliest.
Power, Forest and Environment Minister Thongam Biswajit, while delivering his presidential speech, 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 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 communities could be redressed through political dialogues which are imperative for maintaining a healthy relationship and peaceful co-existence. Present form of governance is accepted by every communities in the State.
During the observance, 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, Member of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and Senior Civil and Police Officials also attended the programme among others.
Artistes of Shri Shri Bal Mukunda Dev Government Music College, Imphal performed the opening and closing song as a part of the observance.
Sadbhavana Diwas is observed every year on August 20, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi. However, this year, the Diwas was observed today as August 20 falls on Saturday which is a closed holiday for Government offices and August 19 too is a Gazetted holiday on account of 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 promote goodwill among the people.