Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday said Mahatma Gandhi showed the world that Satyagraha and Ahimsa can be marshaled to create a more just world. He was sharing his views on the topic of liberation and democratization in Asia: Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi during the 4th leg of Samvad -Symposium on shared values and democracy in Asia held at Tokyo in Japan on Thursday.
“Gandhiji showed the world that Satyagraha and Ahimsa can be marshalled to create a more just world” Khandu said.
The symposium was organised jointly by NIKKEI Inc., The Japan Foundation, The Nakamura Haijime Eastern Institute of Japan, Vivekananda International Foundation and the International Buddhist Confederation with the support of ministry of foreign affairs, Japan.
Khandu said values of liberty, equality and fraternity enshrined in Indian constitution have been derived from the teaching of Lord Buddha which Gandhiji too propagated.
“Gandhiji’s thoughts and actions inspired many great leaders across the world like Martin Luther King Jr, Lech Walessa, Nelson Mandela, Ho Chi Minh, Gedong Bagus Oka, Aung San Suu Kyi, Dalai Lama and so on”, Khandu said.
Relating Arunachal with Japan, the CM said that Japan is the Land of Rising Sun and he belonged from the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India, which literally means ‘Land of Rising Sun’.
“Today, in this august gathering, we are people of different nationalities, with different lifestyles, but what binds us is the fact that the roots of our civilizations are in our shared philosophies, history and heritage. Spreading from India to Central and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan, Buddhism has played a central role in the spiritual, cultural, and social life of Asia. I am a practicing Buddhist and we have a large population practising Buddhism in Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal is home to the world’s second largest monastery in the form of Tawang Monastery,” he said.
Khandu emphatically underscored the initiatives of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that India is striving hard to fulfill the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Working with the guiding principle of ‘Antyodaya’, we are working towards delivering governance to the ‘last person,” Khandu emphatically said.
The closing address was delivered by the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe who said foundation of democracy lies in the hearts of people of India and Japan.
The symposium concluded with video address by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.