Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India's cultural heritage was not preserved the way it should have been post Independence "due to various reasons", but now his government is working to this end and developing a Buddhist circuit.
In his speech, he further highlighted that India has never been an offender and that religious beliefs born in India have forever been considerate of others.
Modi had in 2015 announced that Buddha Jayanti Day would be commemorated and celebrated as an annual event by the nation. We have never attacked any country. The Congress party too has this message on the occasion - "Lord Buddha's teachings of kindness, compassion and tolerance are of increasing relevance in the present times", - a comment that seemed to be targeted at the BJP. Indian religions are inclusive and tolerant, quotes ANI.
"This form of compassion was one of the greatest qualities of Lord Buddha for the alleviation of suffering of the people", the Prime Minister said. He added that India and Buddhism do not discriminate against anyone based on race, caste or creed.
He said the teachings of the Buddha were based on humanity and the country was proud the philososphy had originated here.
The event was attended by Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) Secretary-General Dr Dhammapiya.
The Prime Minister will also be performing the offering of Sangha Dana (Cheevar Vastram and Sacred Leaf of Bodhi Tree) to the venerated Sangha, the release said.
Buddha Purnima, which is also known as Buddha Day, Buddha Jayanti, or Vesak Day, is celebrated in the first month of Hindu calendar Vaisakha to observe the birth anniversary of Lord Gautam Buddha across the world.