Mukharjee advocates Lord Buddha's ideology to end terrorism

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Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, Nov 9 (UNI) Terming terrorism as the 'biggest threat' to peace and tranquility in the post cold-war era, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today advocated for following the foot steps of Lord Buddha to shun violence of all sorts.

Speaking at the 8th Buddha Mahotsava celebration here this afternoon, the minister while praising the people of Tawang said that the hospitable nature inherited by the people of the district through Buddha's teachings teaches people that nothing could be achieved through violence.

" Violence begets violence," the minister commented while adding that Tawang, known as the Shangri-La on earth is a glaring example maintaining peace and tranquility.

Dwelling on the life of Lord Buddha, Mr Mukherjee commented that the story of his life and his teachings created lofty ethical and humanitarian ideals and a vibrant spiritual tradition that suffused Indian civilization and radically transformed other civilizations in Asia and beyond.

" His teachings were not only lucid and deep, but also simple and direct and dealt with the most universal of all human problems'', he added.

He said the Centre has given highest priority to the development of the north eastern region, including Arunachal.

" We have a clear strategy for development of Arunachal and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during his visit to the state early this year has announced several steps that we would be taking to ensure that there is more development here and people can enjoy better economic and social conditions as quickly as possible'', he said.

Stating that the state need good connectivity and good infrastructure for all round economic development, Mr Mukherjee disclosed that the Centre was making special efforts to fast-track the development of road and other infrastructure projects, so that economic and tourism opportunities would benefit the people.

Assuring to convey the demand for granting peace bonus and green bonus for Arunachal by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to the prime minister and other authorities, Mr Mukherjee said that the Centre would fully support and assist the state in its endeavour for development adding, Arunachal's progress would strengthen India.

The Minister also visited the famous Tawang Monastery and the War memorial later in the evening before leaving for New Delhi.


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