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24th Anniversary letter

Dear Advertisers / Readers,

Adyar Times is completing 24 years and will enter into the 25th year of publication. I warmly thank you for all the support that you have extended to your neighbourhood weekly, which over the years has abided by the original Mission statement.

The month of October reminds us of a number of important days, which have the status of International/ United Nation days. Oct. 2nd, which is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, is also International Day of Non-Violence, which was included at the instance of India. At a time when there are signs of intolerance, hatred and violence and even murder, due to dissent, it is necessary to follow the path of non-violence. In its resolution, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire to “secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.

We are also reminded of our duties and responsibilities under our Constitution. The Preamble says, we the people solemnly resolve to secure to all its citizens,

“Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship,”

“Fraternity, assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the nation”.

A later amendment exhorts the citizens to promote harmony and spirit of brotherhood amongst all people of India, transcending religious, linguistic, casteist and regional divisions.

The Central Govt. has initiated a number of schemes, programmes and projects of which the “Clean India” programme is a very important one. Great deal of effort is being taken by all concerned to ensure the success of this programme.

The same effort by the State and all institutions, leaders and citizens to implement these constitutional exhortations could promote a culture of harmony, tolerance, understanding and non-violence. This is essential to preserve and protect democracy and the secular spirit in our country.

I thank the staff members for all their contributions to Adyar Times.

Wish you and all family members a Happy Deepavali.

S. P. Ambrose