Mukherjee 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 the hospitable nature inherited by the people of the district through Buddha's sermons, teaches people that nothing could be achieved through violence.

''Violence begets violence,'' the minister commented adding that Tawang, known as the Shangri-La on earth is an example of maintaining peace and tranquility.

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

The minister said the Centre had given highest priority to the development of the north eastern region, including Arunachal.

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

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

Assuring to convey the demand for granting peace bonus and green bonus for Arunachal by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other authorities, Mr Mukherjee said 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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