Rajya Sabha member in-charge of international religious conference Anil Madhav Dave said the aim of the conference is to explore right way of living but to say that it will draw lessons from Hinduism alone is akin to limiting its scope. Dave was addressing a press conference at Ninora Village in Ujjain on Wednesday .
“We will be narrowing it down, if we evolve the right way of living based on teachings and principles of Hinduism. There are other ideologies as well,” said senior BJP leader Dave who was Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer earlier. However, he was quick to add that he is proud to be “a successor of great religion and ideology (which is Hinduism).”
Dave who told news persons that experts will deliberate on zero budget agriculture had no appropriate reply when asked whether the concept was feasible. He said 15,000 farmers have adopted it in the country so far. When asked to explain the concept, he said it was about cutting cultivation cost. When pointed out that farmers continue to commit suicide because of financial constraints though cultivation cost cutting has been advocated for decades, Dave said one should keep trying.
Responding to another query, he denied that BJP aims to drive political mileage from religious conference. However, he admitted that it will benefit chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The international religious conference will be held at Ninora village (Ujjain district) from May 12-14 as part of ongoing month-long Simhastha fair in which NGO representatives, theologists of different faiths from 50 countries are likely to take part.
The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will address the inaugural session while Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak on concluding day. Sri Lanka president Maithripal Rajpaksa will be present on the last day.
Deliberations will be held on eight subjects during the conference which include religion, climate change, agriculture, women power, cottage industry, clean water bodies, science and spirituality.
About 3,500 invited guests will attend the international conference on right way of living in which Gayatri Parivar head Pranav Pandya and Juna Akhada head Swami Avadheshanand will be present on inaugural day.
Others who will address the sessions on eight subjects include spiritualist Jaggi Vasudev, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, environmentalist Vandana Shiva, Jaya Jaitley (on cottage industry), foreign affairs minister Sushama Swaraj.