Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Mar 9:
Mahatma Gandhi’s desire for a society and democratic polity where women are free of fear, safe and protected has remained a distant dream, lamented Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, president of Ama Odisha Party on Saturday.
Addressing a function organized by his party on the occasion of International Women’s Day at the Shelter Chhak here on Saturday, Patnaik said Gandhiji had once said the people of India will have their true independence only when women can move freely and safely on the road even at midnight.
Stating that the safety of women in the country is now in serious danger, he said women have to be literate and self-reliant to fulfill the dream of Gandhiji.
Quoting renowned philosopher Vladimir Lenin, he said the real growth of the world would take place only when half the world remains united.
“The objective of the function is to invite eminent women personalities to a single podium and bring their success stories to limelight that would inspire the children to write their success stories”, Patnaik pointed out.
Addressing the function presided over by senior AOP leader Mohd Sakil, chief speaker and senior journalist Arun Panda and Prof Kharavela Mohanty called on women to be self-reliant and raise their voice against anti-social elements.
On the occasion, the AOP president felicitated former editor and well-known writer Manorama Mohapatra, former CMC Mayor Nibedita Pradhan, litterateur Binapani Mohanty, principal of Sailabala Women’s College Dr Rosnara Begum, freedom fighter Gitanjali Mohanty, Brahmakumari Sulochana, Dr Anusaya Das, Dr Sarojini Sarangi, social activist Anita Moharana, actor Anita Das, Namita Panda, Anupama Jena, Snehalata Nayak, Dr Sahista Khatun and child artist Swikruti Panda.
Besides, Kuni Behera, Buli Behera, Kakakalate Behera, Manjushri Moharana, Manju Behera, Pramila Sahu, Parbati Samal, Sabitri Samal, Kanchan Sen, Rukuna Behera, Pratima Nayak and Minati Nayak were also felicitated in recognition of their remarkable social services.
Dr Dipti Das read out the citation while AOP member Pragyan Baliarsingh offered the vote of thanks.