President Mukherjee at International Buddhism Conclave in Rajgir

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Patna: Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday welcomed President Pranab Mukherjee to the conclusion of the three-day International Buddhism Conclave held at the Convention Center in Rajgir.

Speaking on the occasion, President Mukherjee said that it was time to seriously analyze why the world was going through so much violence and turmoil at this time.

"The humanity has already suffered a lot due to the first two World Wars and yet we have not learnt anything from them. Violence does nothing but destroys the image of our ancestors who believed in peace and the idea of a one world. It is unfortunate that the current society has stopped seeing merits in humanity and so the question is, how to bring back morality and humanity in the mankind," the President said.

Emphasizing the importance of the teachings of Lord Buddha, President Mukherjee said that in a time where the world was in a state of disorder, leaders of the world should pay more attention to Buddha's philosophies that preached non-violence, empathy, and peace for all.

"Only then we will be able to end terrorism, tension, and violence in the 21st century," he said.

The President also stressed the need for quality education among today's youths.

"Ancient seats of learning like Nalanda University and Takshila were catalytic in spreading knowledge and providing education to people from all over the world in the 6th century. We need to follow the same pattern. Education does not only mean book knowledge but an understanding of the power of non-violence, freedom from fear, morality, and a love towards one's nation. Buddhist philosophies teach us all these and the world would be better off if it tried to resolve all of its problems by studying and practicing the preaching of Lord Buddha," he said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in his speech, highlighted the efforts of his administration in bringing back the lost glories of Nalanda University saying he was committed to make the newly-revived university once again the most respected university in the world.

Buddhist religious leader the Dalai Lama also emphasized the need for spreading the teachings of Lord Buddha saying only through this the world could rid of the poison of violence and hatred.

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