On the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the path of Jainism can be an antidote to terrorism, the "biggest challenge" facing the world, as it completely rejects violence which is the foundation of terrorism.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday gave away bravery awards and medals to various CRPF Jawans on the occasion of ‘Shaurya Diwas’. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar was also present at the event. Singh here also launched the website ‘Bharat Ke Veer’, a brainchild of Akshay Kumar, to facilitate monetary contribution to kins of CRPF jawans killed in action. Speaking at the event, Singh said: “Koi jawan, adhikaari shaheed hota hai, kisi bhi surat mein, 1 crore se kam ki dhan raashi uske parivaar ke logon ko nahi milni chahiye (If any jawaan or army personnel is killed, in any case his family should not get compensation of less than 1 crore.) Further commenting on the large number of local youth in Kashmir who pelt stones at Indian soldiers, Singh said, “Kuchh log hamare jawanon ke upar patthar phenkte hain, jab sankat ki ghadi aati hai yahi jawan unki bhi jaan bachaate hain. (Some people throw stones at our jawaans, but when these people get into trouble, same jawaans save them.)”
Singh further said, “It has been our constant effort to ensure that a family of a martyr who is killed in action does not get a compensation amount less than a crore…I have said that I am even ready to spread my hands and seek funds from my countrymen in this regard.” He added some state governments also provide such funds to families of slain troops but still some ‘gap’ remains and their effort is to fill up these. The website, www.bharatkeveer.gov.in, is a step in this direction and has been launched after Akshay Kumar met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi about 2.5 months back with a proposal in this regard.
Calling himself the ‘son of an army man’ and not an actor in the event, Kumar said he hit upon the idea when he saw a documentary where it was described that terror elements motivate people to join them and undertake violence in lieu of promise of ‘good money’ to their families. Singh complimented Kumar for winning the national award for best actor recently and called him ‘action Kumar’ for doing heroic deeds in not only his films but also in social life too.
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On the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the path of Jainism can be an antidote to terrorism, the “biggest challenge” facing the world, as it completely rejects violence which is the foundation of terrorism. According to PTI report, he said that non-violence was the path of peace. This he said at an event to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir while noting that this makes the faith relevant in these times when terrorism is affecting the entire world.
PTI also reported that the Home Minister expressed his disagreement with the view that Jainism, whose followers have been granted the status of a minority in India, is distinct from Hinduism. He said while non-violence is a “subject” in Hinduism, Jainism has dwelled deeply into it and done a “PhD”. He did not think that it is separate from Hinduism, he said. Further, the home minister said that the followers of the fiath may be few in number but their belief is strong. And they hold on to the core principles which are scientific and emphasise on peace.
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The home minister also pointed out, according to PTI that Chandragupta Maurya, who founded the Maurya empire also followed Jainism and was the first king to unite the nation. On the same occassion Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan urged people to follow the path shown by Lord Mahavir. Several other BJP leaders, including Union minister Kalraj Mishra, also attended the event.
(With inputs from PTI)