Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (retd) Dr BD Mishra on Saturday said that the relevance of teachings of all the ancient saints and philosophers are still relevant in the modern world and will continue till the earth exists.
Inaugurating a two-day conference on ‘Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi today’ at National Institute of Technology (NIT) campus Yupia, the governor said that all Indian philosophies propound for integral humanism and universal fraternity.
“Ved Vyas’s Vedas, Mahabharata, Valmiki’s Ramayana, Buddha’s teachings and in the same line Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy are all universal and timeless. It is the quintessence of Indian culture,” he said.
The governor said that two cardinal principles of Gandhi were ‘Satya’ and ‘Ahimsa’ which is for human wellbeing and it is the not mean meek submission to the evil doers.
Dr Mishra added that Gandhi’s other philosophies were to make children skilled and independence.
“Strengthening of villages and village Panchayats, Gandhi’s religious ideals encompass good sense, forgiveness, non-conceitedness, non-stealing, cleanliness and control over senses, fortitude, knowledge, truth and no anger. These ten components of dharma have always been relevant and will continue to remain so,” he added.
Stressing on the need to carry forward the cultural heritage under the Gandhian philosophy, the governor said that Gandhi advocated for preservation and promotion of language, traditions and culture for overall homogeneity of the society.
Earlier, NIT Director Prof P Mahanta briefed on initiative of Gandhi Study Centre of the institute in promotion of Gandhian philosophy.
The Centre was inaugurated by the Governor on October 2 last year.