Familiarising jail inmates with Gandhian thought

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Chandigarh, Jan 27 (UNI) An innovative and a unique programme, to invoke Gandhian philosophy and thought among the inmates of the Burail Model jail here, was launched on the occasion of Republic Day.

Jail Superintendet Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa (IPS) said here today that with the Gandhian thought in mind -'hate the evil, not the doer'- this programme was launched yesterday by the Chandigarh Police in collaboration with Yuvsatta and Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal.

This month-long programme involves distribution of copies of Mahatama Gandhi's autobiography among the inmates, orientation lectures on Gandhian thought by Yuvsatta volunteers and weekly shows of internationally acclaimed films like Richard Attenbourgh's 'Gandhi, 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai' and 'Do Ankeh Barah Hath'.

The intiative will also include holding of an objective type 'Gandhi Peace Exam' in the end, with questions from the autobiography of Gandhiji. Awards will be given to the students (inmates) who excel in this examination.

While launching the programme, Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge, Justice Parmod Kohli, said that the jail inmates are very much a part of the society and once they finish their jail terms, people outside should also treat them with dignity and respect.

Later he distributed copies of the authobiography of Gandhiji amongst the first batch of fifty inmates who will take part in the first month-long programme.

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