Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked Lord Buddha on Monday to bat for the empowerment of Dalits, women, labourers and other weaker section of the society at an event in Delhi and said he shared the pain of earthquake victims in Nepal.
Participating in a function to celebrate the Buddha’s birth anniversary, the PM said the sage wanted change and evolution in the society and his teachings were relevant even now
At the colourful event in Talkatora stadium, the PM said Buddha was “very sensible” about the caste system. Quoting Buddha from a text, he said, “the way he has put the issue of women’s dignity, and talked about is relevant to all eras. In this world, all women will be reborn as men in their next birth, those who are considered of low birth will have superior births in their next life.”
Modi said he hoped the “beloved brothers” in Nepal bounce back to life but said he felt the road to recovery would be long and arduous.
The PM also mentioned that Dalit icon Babasaheb Ambedkar was also inspired by Buddha’s life and teachings.
Amid growing political one-upmanship between the BJP and the Congress over Dalit issues, Modi also called on people to unite and said Budhha didn’t preach the ‘ekla chalo re’ (go alone) policy but wanted people to come together.
In the presence of heads of different religions, a special prayer meeting for the earthquake victims was also held.