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The South Asian Insider

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita has solutions for individual to global challenges: Amit Shah



(By JAG MOHAN THAKEN) Chandigarh, India- The solution to all the problems of an individual, the country and the entire world lies in the teachings of Geeta, the messages of Geeta should reach every part of the country and the world, exhorted Indian Union Home and Cooperation Minister, Amit Shah, who was in Kurukshetra on Friday to participate in the ongoing International Gita Mahotsav (IGM). He underscored the timeless wisdom embedded in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita as a solution to individual, societal, national, and global challenges.
Amit Shah said that the purpose of spreading the knowledge of the Gita is not merely to prevent wars but to motivate individuals for a righteous cause. He emphasized that Lord Krishna imparted this knowledge to Arjuna for the establishment of religion on earth and the welfare of society.
While addressing the gathering on Friday, during the Sant Sammelan organized as a part of International Gita Mahotsav, Shah not only lauded the Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar led the government to elevate cultural harmony globally through the IGM since 2016 but also highlighted the historical significance of Kurukshetra, where over 5000 years ago, Lord Shri Krishna delivered the profound message of Gita.
Sharing a personal anecdote, the Union Home Minister, Shah revealed that the teachings of Holy Gita, instilled by his mother since childhood, have been a guiding light, helping him navigate life's challenges without succumbing to disappointment and sorrow.
Acknowledging the efforts of the Haryana Chief Minister, Amit Shah praised him for giving the Gita Mahotsav an international character, expanding its format, and facilitating the global dissemination of Gita's timeless wisdom. The Union Home Minister commended the visionary leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, stating that from 2014 to 2024, historic decisions have been made to awaken India's self. These decisions include the construction of the Shri Ram temple, the abrogation of Article 370, and transformative developmental projects.
Expressing his belief in the role of such programmes, Amit Shah said that initiatives like the IGM play a pivotal role in spreading the teachings and knowledge of Holy Gita to the masses, contributing to the re-establishment of Gita's profound principles worldwide.
Addressing on the occasion, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Khattar said that like Iron Man, the Prime Minister and Home Minister are taking decisions for the unity of the country.
The Chief Minister warmly welcomed Union Home and Cooperation Minister, Amit Shah to Kurukshetra on behalf of the state's 2.80 crore residents. The Chief Minister commended the Government of India, operating in alignment with Indian cultural values since 2014, and praised Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Home Minister, Amit Shah for their effective resolution of complex issues. Notable decisions like the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the construction of Lord Shri Ram's temple in Ayodhya, and the legislation on triple talaq were highlighted as historic milestones under their leadership.
The Chief Minister acknowledged recent legislative developments, with three new laws related to CRPC and IPC passing in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. He applauded the Centre government's efforts to unite the country by dismantling remnants of colonialism that persisted for 75 years after independence. CM Khattar referred to the Prime Minister and Home Minister as the ‘Iron Man’ for taking these transformative decisions.
He said that the message of Gita given by Lord Shri Krishna to Arjuna in the Mahabharata war thousands of years ago is not just the reading of a book, but it is eternal, universal, everlasting.
Emphasizing the timeless and universal nature of the Bhagavad Gita's teachings, the Chief Minister recalled Prime Minister, Narendra Modi's acknowledgment of Kurukshetra's special significance in 2014.
“Since then, taking inspiration from the Prime Minister, celebrating Gita Mahotsav at the International level has been initiated since the year 2016. Today every country in the world wants to organize an IGM in their country. Gita Mahotsav has been organized in Mauritius, Canada, UK, and Australia. Just yesterday the Culture Minister of Sri Lanka also inquired from the state government about organizing Gita Mahotsav in Sri Lanka also,” said CM Khattar. During the event, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and Gita Manishi Swami Gyananand Maharaj addressed the Sant Sammelan, contributing their perspectives on the significance of the Bhagavad Gita. Swami Rajendra Das, Swami Brahmanand, Swami Brahmaswarup, Baba Bhupendra, Swami Shashwatanand and many eminent saints and mahatmas and a large number of people also remained present on this occasion.