President Ram Nath Kovind today said the Buddha's message of non-violence, love and compassion is "extremely relevant" in the current environment of insecurity and unrest. It is an effective way to cleanse our mind and body and equips us to face the stresses of modern life. He also inaugurated a meditation centre at Dragon Palace, another Ambedkar memorial, in the outskirts of city."Maharashtra is a land of great people such as Chhatrapati Shivaji, Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak and Babadaheb Ambedkar , As Reported By IE. In this way, Vipassana is also beneficial for health in addition to being a meditation technique", he said. He stated that like Yoga, Vipassana should not be seen as being associated with any particular religion. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, "The Deekshabhoomi and Dragon Palace have given Maharashtra a new identity". The architect of our Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, had said that appreciation of the democratic system was present in ancient India and its roots in our country have been strong since age-old times.
The president said the urge for social change was central to Lord Buddha's philosophy and inspired many social reform movements. "By linking its heritage of education and culture with trade and technology, Maharashtra is giving strength to the entire country in the 21st century", said Kovind.
This is Kovind's first visit to Maharashtra after assuming the office as president.
Kovind, who arrived here on a day-long visit, proceeded to the Deekshabhoomi after the reception at the airport.