India has taught the world virtues of peace, brotherhood

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From thousands of years, India has been teaching the world virtues of peace ,brotherhood and benefits of nurturing nature, said SpeakerSumitra Mahajan.

“Contribution of Indian culture to making better world is immense for thousands of years,” Mahajan said, addressing a large gathering at a plenary session of Vichar Mahakumbh here.

In ancient times, Kings carried a ‘raj dand’ – a stick signifying the power to mete out punishment. When the kings got overconfident with this power, the saints stepped in warning them about the ‘dharma dand’ – the power of dharma that superceded his authority, said the speaker adding India has taught the world that leaders have to lead for the people and they are also not above law.

Mahajan claimed that rivers are the lifeline of any civilization. It teaches us how life flows and the value of pancha tatva. “By worshiping panch tatva – five elements that make our bodies – we tell the world how to nurture nature,” she said.

India is a country which demonstrates unity in diversity. The freedom of speech and thought that Indian constitutions provides to its citizens is unparalleled, said the speaker.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Khil Raj Regmi, former chairman of Nepalese council of ministers, said religion gives the power to people to choose right and wrong. He welcome the step taken by the Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in organizing the Vichar Mahakumbh. The message coming out of this forum will certainly benefit the world, he added.

Sri Lankan leader of opposition R Sampanthan said India and Sri Lanka are committed to pursue collectively preserve of the world peace and ushering growth – socially, economically, spiritually and culturally. Religion gives us strength to achieve this objective.
The gathering was also addressed by Bangaladesh member of Parliament Sadhan Chandra Majumdar, Nepal member of Parliament Mahant Thakur and Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das.
Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh and Goa Governor Mridula Sinha also attended the concluding session of Vichar Mahakumbh at Ninaura in Ujjain, where the Simhastha festival was at its peak.
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