Lokmat Media Hosts National Inter-Religious Conference In Nagpur

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, was the chief guest of the event while Dayashankar Tiwari, Mayor of Nagpur, was the guest of honour.


Lokmat Media Group organised the first-ever National Inter-Religious Conference in Nagpur on Sunday to commemorate its Nagpur edition's golden jubilee year celebrations. 

This is the first event of the series of events that are lined up to mark the completion of 50 years of Lokmat Nagpur edition's glorious journey. The theme of this first of its kind conference was 'Global Challenges to Communal Harmony and Role of India.' 

Held at the Suresh Bhat Auditorium in Nagpur, the conference aimed to spread the message of love, peace and religious harmony all over the world. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, was the chief guest of the event while Dayashankar Tiwari, Mayor of Nagpur, was the guest of honour.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, said, “Indian culture is one that is truly secular. Respecting all cultures, religions, communities, ideologies are the speciality of Indian culture, which is not associated with any "dharma". Oneness is the biggest strength of Indian culture and this is what makes us capable of becoming a Vishwa Guru or world teacher, which was predicted earlier by Swami Vivekananda.”  

In a video message, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that the religion is the connector. However if the human feeling is negative, people work to divide society by abusing religion. This is because there is no interaction with each other. Therefore, we need to remind the community that we are one.

Founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, Acharya Lokesh Muni, said, “Existence of others should be acknowledged as much as our own. Religion is humanity and we all are extensions of opinions. This country is not only secular but also non-sectarian. Today a positive feeling is required. This world is beautiful except for negativity. The chariot of messengers of peace here should go forward. The discussion on thoughts in this congregation of religious leaders should reach every part of the world. The lifestyle based on Ayurved, yoga-pranayam and restraint should be accepted once again.” 

Brahmaviharidas Swami, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha said, “Once upon a time, landing on the Moon or space travel were like dreams. But now they are a reality now. Many feel that prevailing social harmony in the world is a dream. But it is my belief that this dream will be fulfilled. If the entire society makes collective efforts for spreading love, following rules and developing good life, global social harmony can be established. Instead of expecting social harmony from the world, people have to start with themselves.” 

Swami Ramdev, Yoga Guru and Founder, Patanjali Yogpeeth added that the world has a danger from religious, financial and political terrorism. The world is facing the biggest threat from religious, economic and political terrorism. 

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai, while sharing his thoughts said, "As the hatred is being spread in the name of religion, the world needs to create an attitude of acceptance of the existence of other religions along with mutual dialogue. The concept of god and some thoughts are different in every religion. But there are many similarities too. If we think with an open mind and brain, it will appear that we all have more of the same links than contradictions. Therefore, instead of paying attention towards contradictions, we should focus on the similarities.” 

"Efforts to make each other happy and respect for each other's feelings are worship to god. These are the values of human culture and these should be inculcated from childhood. Equality, civility, harmony, tolerance, gratitude and moral values are all values of life. These values will have to be inculcated and social harmony will be established. Humanity is very important in life and it is the soul of all religions," said Pralhad Wamanrao Pai, founder of the Jeevanvidya Mission. 

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living, said, “The religion keeps people together. But some people plot to create hatred in the name of religion. But we should keep in mind that diversity has essence and god too is the essence. Intellectuals become happy due to diversity and fools fight with each other. Diversity has to be accepted in human life. Sarvadharma Samabhav and diversity are unique qualities of India. It is the duty of the religion to solve various disputes and enmity.” 

Bhikkhu Sanghasena, Founder, Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, stated, "Whatever is going on in the world is very disturbing and worrisome. Religious violence, war, aggression, hatred and prejudice have ravaged the world. In such a situation, the role of India is very important to make the world understand the importance of non-violence, peace and compassion. The time has come for us to be united and find solutions to the problems of the world.” 

Haji Syed Salman Chishty of Dargah Ajmer Sharif said, “'Destiny' is the basic foundation of all religions. What feeling you are deriving while worshipping your god is important. If any person offers namaz and commits any act which is a blot on humanity, his namaz is of no use. 'Destiny' is the basic foundation of all religions. Damage to the faith of any religion is the greatest crime.” 

Vijay Darda, Chairman, Lokmat Media Group, said, “The Lokmat upheld the importance of secularism right from day one. Its stand has been Sarvadharma Samabhav. No religion is bigger than humanity and we upheld these values. The Lokmat respected all religions and creeds. People have been living together for ages and 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' is the culture of the country. The guidance of Dharmacharyas on social harmony is important in the backdrop of the fundamentals in the current situation that were created in the name of religion.” 

Rajendra Darda, Editor-in-Chief of the Lokmat Media Group, highlighted, “At a time when people are being murdered in the name of religion, the world is looking to India for a solution to this problem. India's responsibility at the global level has increased as it has been following the ideas of non-violence preached by Lord Mahavir, Tathagat Buddha, Guru Gobind Singh and Mahatma Gandhi. Only the path of peace and harmony can save the world.” 



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