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President Kovind visits Chile; address students on 'Gandhi for the Young' at the University of Chile
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind was at Santiago in Chile, on March 30, on the final leg of his visit to three nations ? Croatia, Bolivia and Chile, stated an official release.

On March 31, President Kovind visited the Pablo Neruda Museum in Santiago and gifted 'a special pen to the Museum made by the family whom Gandhiji encouraged to develop the first indigenous fountain pen in India,' added the release.

According to the release, delegation-level talks, three MoUs in the fields of mining, culture and disability were signed.

"In the final engagement in Chile, the President addressed the students and faculty of the University of Chile on the topic 'Gandhi for the Young'," informed the release.

He said that Mahatma Gandhi 'belonged to all cultures and he drew from all religions' and happened 'to represent the confluence of all that was best in the East and the West.'

In his address, the President made the following remarks about Mahatma Gandhi.

-Mahatma Gandhi carried his concept of universal love to include living in harmony with nature. He advocated both sustainability and ecological sensitivity at a time when the industrial revolution and increasing mechanization were the mantra guiding the world.

-He promoted concepts which are now enshrined in the sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations.

He was a unique persona who inspired both the East and the West, who forged new pathways for human endeavour, while at the same time maintaining the strength and sanctity of tradition and spiritual roots.

"To all those who are adrift today in a sea of doubt and scepticism, his life, thought and philosophy would inspire them to regain inner strength and confidence. Mahatma Gandhi was more than just a man, he was an ideology, an institution that still resonates more than a hundred years after it was developed," added the release.

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