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Bhubaneswar ( Odisha Samachar Bureau ) – “Land should be under the feet of farmers who, with the hard work can bring heaven on earth. Peasants should not be deprived of the land in the name of industrialisation”, opined Sushree Manimala, Director of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (New Delhi) while speaking at National Convention on Peace and Social Harmony organised jointly by Vinoba Seva Pratisthan (VSP) and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), here at Jaydev Bhawan on the occasion of Acharya Vinoba’s 118th birth anniversary. Veteran freedom fighter Bhabani Charan Patnaik inaugurated the national convention presided by former Member State Women Commission Namrata Chadha graced by Manoj Jena ( General Secretary of VSP), Sushree Manimala, former Union Minister Braja Kishore Tripathy, Rajyasabha MP AV Swamy, VB Chandrasekaran of Mahatma Gandhi Ashram (Andhra Pradesh) Prabin Patel, Director of Tribal Welfare Society, Chhattisgarh.Manimala Rajyasabha MP Swamy while speaking at the convention stated that people revolted against the British to get rights over their land but when they succeeded, the government did not provide the land to the native people of tribal areas like Koraput and other parts of the state as a result of which Naxal movement began because of the void created by the approach of the government. “Hence, there is still relevance of Vinoba and Gandhi and present generation should realise it”, he said. Former union minister Tripathy also criticised government’s action of favouring the industrialists in land acquisition process and depriving the farmers. He lamented the passing of the Land Acquisition Act which only favours the industrialists ignoring the rights of the people. “If such things continue, then people would go in other directions and no government can stop them”, he said.1 Eminent Gandhian scholar Acharya Bhabanand, former MLA Padma Charan Nayak, Working Chairman of Odisha Nagarika Samaj Lalit Mohan Patnaik, Gandhian VB Chandrasekaran and Human Rights Activist (West Bengal) S Mukhtar Ahmed spoke on ‘Peace and Harmony: Retrospect, Prospect and Challenges’ during the second session of the two-day convention. On this occasion ‘Gandhi-Vinoba Peace Award’ was presented to veteran Bhoodan workers Smt Shankutala Devi and Bhikari Charan Mohanty, tribal activist Ghanashyam Pradhani, Sarvodaya Thinker Prof Kailash Acharya, educationist Kali Prasad Samantray, Gandhain worker Late Bhima Bhai, writer Pratibharani Ray and women rights activist Snehelata Mohanty. NOTE: Opening song – Vaisnaba jana to tene kahiye je by Narayan Rath and Dolly Pradhan Briefing of Aims and Objectives by Manoj Jena (VSP) Vote of thanks by Sandeep Mohanty 2nd Day Programme: Thematic session II on ‘Peace Education in School: Role of government and civil society organisation’ and valedictory session ‘Local action for promoting peace and harmony’. Share ! http://www.vspodisha.org/manage_news_events.php?col=red2b&msg=News%2FEvent+has+been+deleted+successfully

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