Unity the Greatest Strength of Indian Culture: Gadkari at the National Interfaith Conference in Lokmat


Speaking on ‘Global Challenges of Communal Harmony and the Role of India’ at the National Interfaith Conference organized by Lokmat Media Group on Sunday to celebrate the Golden Jubilee year of its Nagpur edition , the top BJP leader also said Indian culture was truly secular.

Unity is the greatest strength of Indian culture and has enabled us to become a “vishwa guru” (teacher of the world), according to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Speaking on ‘Global Challenges of Communal Harmony and the Role of India’ at the National Interfaith Conference organized by Lokmat Media Group on Sunday to celebrate the Golden Jubilee year of its Nagpur edition , the top BJP leader also said Indian culture was truly secular.

Respect for all religions, communities and ideologies is the uniqueness of Indian culture and is not associated with any “dharma”, Gadkari said.

“Unity is the greatest strength of Indian culture and it is what makes us capable of becoming a Vishwa Guru which was predicted earlier by Swami Vivekananda,” he said.

Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that the demand of human life is diversity but there is hatred against diversity due to our lack of understanding as well as stress.

It was necessary to walk together and respect each other because all communities are important, he said.

In a video message, RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat said “dharma” unites but was used as an instrument to divide due to lack of mutual interaction.

“India thinks the world is full of diversity. There may be differences in looks and names, but inside we are all one,” Bhagwat said.

Speaking at the event, yoga guru Baba Ramdev emphasized the values ​​of unity, equality, freedom and universal brotherhood. Religious, economic, political and medical terrorism is the greatest danger to the world, he said.

Lokmat Media editorial board chairman and former Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda said Lokmat has supported the importance of secularism from day one.

“Our stand has been from sarva dharma samabhav. No religion is greater than humanity and we have upheld these values. Lokmat respected all religions and beliefs. People have been living together for centuries and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ is the culture of the country,” Darda said.

The advice of the dharmacharyas on social harmony is important in the context of the fundamental principles of the current situation which have been created in the name of religion. He said.

Lokmat Media Editorial Board Editor Rajendra Darda said that at a time when people are being murdered in the name of religion around the world, the world is looking to India to find a solution to this problem.

“India’s global responsibility has increased as it has followed the ideas of non-violence preached by Lord Mahavir, Tathagat Buddha, Guru Gobind Singh and Mahatma Gandhi. Only the path of peace and harmony can save the world,” he said.

“Let’s not focus on the differences but on what unites us. India is home to many religions and is the standard bearer of the “vasudhaiva kutumbakam” thought process. We have a rich heritage of people from diverse traditions living together and it is the noble responsibility of spiritual leaders to preserve and promote it,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias said.

Haji Syed Salman Chishti from Dargah Ajmer Sharif spoke about patience and gratitude, which if followed cannot be overcome.

Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Acharya Lokesh Muni, Founder of Jeevanvidya Mission Prahlad Wamanrao Pai, Founder of Mahabodhi Bhikkhu Sanghasena International Meditation Center and Brahmaviharidas Swami from USA also spoke at the conference.

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