Thursday, October 25, 2007

Buddha`s Ahimsa the only solution to growing extremism-Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the theory of 'Ahimsa', originally propounded by Lord Buddha, is the only solution to growing extremism and terrorism across the globe.

Inaugurating a function in Rajgir to mark the 38th anniversary of 'Vishwa Shanti Stupa' at Ratnagiri peak, Mr Kumar said the United Nations' declaration of October 2, Gandhi Jayanti, as Non-Violence Day this year ''was an open testimony of the fact that its original propounder Lord Buddha`s ideologies had recognition of the world community.

Mr Kumar also said his Government was committed to revatilising the historical Nalanda University, the original seat of Buddhist learning. The Government, he said, was working on various aspects, including aims and objectives of reviving Buddhist learning.

''Some issues had been resolved. Like former president and eminent scientist APJ Abdul Kalam has agreed to be the `visitor` of the Nalanda International University while eminent economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and a Harvard University faculty Sugatha Bose are on the board of the advisory panel for completing the project at the earliest,'' he added.

Those accompanying Mr Kumar included Road Construction and Tourism Minister Nand Kishore Yadav,Energy Minister Vijender Yadav and Agriculture Minister Narender Singh.

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