Joy of Reading Festival

Gandhian values, women empowerment highlighted

ROING, Nov 5: The Joy of Reading Festival Roing-2019 entered its second day with a series of lectures given to a varied audience of students, teachers, women activists, SHGs’ members, weavers and women entrepreneurs by Gandhian scholar Dr Alaka Sarma and educationist Prof Vimala Ramachandran, here in Lower Dibang Valley district on Tuesday.
Dr Sarma enthralled the students and teachers with a talk on ‘Gandhian values in our modern life’. Through stories from Mahatma Gandhi’s life, she highlighted values like simplicity, honesty, punctuality, etc, that could be incorporated in daily life.
She interacted with the participants and encouraged them to protect their traditional heritage, and discussed various ways “to bring about diversification of products using traditional designs.”
Dr Sarma also spoke about the need to introduce new weaving technology for more productivity, and urged the weavers to learn how to use the internet to better market their products.
Prof Ramachandran gave a talk on ‘Women’s empowerment: Explorations’, and interacted with the students of the Dambuk-based Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya. (DIPRO)