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‘Buddhism had impact on all religions’

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Scholars urged to work on projects recognising the life and times of Acharya Nagarjuna

UGC member Y.C Simhadri speaking at a seminar on 'Impact of Buddhism on other ideologies,' at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur on Friday.— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
UGC member Y.C Simhadri speaking at a seminar on 'Impact of Buddhism on other ideologies,' at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur on Friday.— Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Buddhism, which started as a movement against anti-Brahmin hegemony and laid emphasis on peace and non-violence, has been a true representation of Indian ethos, University Grants Commission member Y.C Simhadri said here on Friday. Gautama Buddha had a profound effect on freedom struggle, revolutionary movements in the country and movements for emancipation of women and landless labour belonging to weaker sections, Prof. Simhadri said as he delivered the key note address at a seminar on ‘Impact of Buddhism on other ideologies’, organised by Centre for Mahayana Buddhist Studies of Acharya Nagarjuna University.

Tracing the origin of Buddhism in the 6th century as a revolutionary movement against Brahminical hegemony at a time of great religious awakening in the country, Prof. Simhadri said Buddhism had a profound impact on all religions, including Christianity and Islam. Buddhism had also been identified with Dalit cultural identity and equality accorded to women, he Simhadri said.

Earlier, Vice-Chancellor of Adikavi Nannaya University George Victor said Buddhism was an evolutionary movement. He said Buddhism could have an impact on other religions, while drawing strands of thought from other religions too.

Vice-Chancellor of ANU K. Viyanna Rao urged the scholars to work on projects recognising the life and times of Acharya Nagarjuna. Prof. Rao also wanted the students to cooperate in establishing a centre of study on Acharya Nagarjuna.

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