Chandigarh, August 17: The Governor of Punjab and Administrator UT Chandigarh, Shri V.P. Singh, inaugurated the 'Indian Culture: Unity in Diversity' National Seminar organized by Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati Society at Raj Bhawan to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi. The National Seminar organized in the leadership of Ambassador of Peace Acharya Dr. Lokeshji.


In his address, the Governor said that it is a matter of great pleasure that Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Society is organizing 24 conferences in different provinces of the country. Through these conferences, the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi will be transmitted to the masses. This is not only a historic step, but will play an important role in Nation Building. In this series, Sh. Singh heartly congratulated Acharya Dr. Lokeshji, the founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, and all the workers for organizing the seminar in the historic city of Chandigarh, Punjab.

The Governor also said Gandhi's vision of Independent India was a nation free of exploitation of the poor by the rich, of the masses by the classes, of villages by towns and of the weaker by the stronger. His idea of Swaraj was freedom from hunger, unemployment, fear and hatred.

The Governor also said that many great men in our country, Lord Mahavira, Lord Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi etc., laid great emphasis on non-violence. These three era men understood the importance of non-violence, followed its path based on experiences and motivated others also to follow the path of Non-violence. Lord Mahavira and Buddha were contemporaries. Mahatma Gandhi put forward principles of Lord Mahavira and Buddha. Mahatma Gandhi said that do not try to commit violence not only by deeds but also with mind and words. He undertook Satyagraha and Anshan many times to stop the violence. On the strength of non-violence, he liberated slave India from the British.

On this occasion, Governor Shri VP Singh unveiled Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati's magazine 'Aahwaan'.

Acharya Dr. Lokeshji, the founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, while addressing the National Seminar said that Unity in Diversity is the fundamental characteristic of Indian Culture. Religious Harmony is its main Mantra, preserving and promoting the Cultural Diversity will be a true tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. He said that in the current phase where we are going through, Culture Diversity is most needed. Acharya Lokesh said that Mahatma Gandhi was very much influenced by Jainism, he had enhanced the principle of Jainism non-violence. Further, he said that ideological pollution is more dangerous than environmental pollution, we should respect other's existence and ideas like self existence and ideas. Moreover, he said that we should follow our religion honestly, but also respect other religions, this is the path Mahatma Gandhi taught us.

On this occasion, Vice Chancellor of Punjab University Prof. Rajkumar, Mr. Paramjit Singh Chandok, Chairman of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (Delhi), Brahmachari Dr. Dinesh, Yoga Guru & Director of Brahmshri Yoga Institute, expressed their views in the seminar.

Sh. Prem Gupta welcomed all the guests by welcome speech and the program was compared by Ms. Tarakeswari Mishra.