Religious intolerance, terror attacks threat for country: Acharya

Published: Sunday, October 5, 2008, 18:33 [IST]
 

Ramtek, Maharashtra, Oct 5 (UNI) Expressing concern at the increasing number of terrorist attacks and religious intolerance in the country, noted Jain pontiff Acharya Vidyasagar today said that such incidents did not befit India, considered the ambassador of non-violence in the world.

Speaking after releasing the book 'Mook Mati Mimansa' at Ramtek near here, Acharya Vidyasagar called for efforts to inculcate the ancient Indian values of non-violence and communal harmony in society, especially among the youth.

Terrorism and violence could not be the solution to any problem, and would only lead the society to doom. A nation could become progressive if it tried to solve its problems through dialogue, the Acharya said.

It was necessary to bring the misguided youth into the national mainstream, because no religion advocated violence and destruction, he also said.

Society is a collective unit, and a healthy society could not be created with disparate units, he added.

'Mook Mati Mimansa' is a 1,800 page three-volume book containing analyses and reviews by 300 authors of the Acharya's treatise 'Mook Mati.' President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh were among those who sent messages for the ceremony today.

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