The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) on Tuesday wanted the government develop a Buddhist memorial at Badankurti village in Khanapur mandal of Adilabad district.
Buddhism is believed to have first come to the South through through this island village in Godavari river in Telangana region where the boundaries of Adilabad, Nizamabad and Karimnagar district meet.
JAC co-convenor Mallepalli Lakshmaiah was instrumental in drawing attention towards the historical importance of Badankurti.
A meeting was organised in this regard on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti that featured many important personalities from the region, who traced the history and depicted relevance of development of the site. Mr. Lakshmaiah recalled the legend of sage Bavari and his 16 disciples who had interacted with Buddha himself. Having been convinced of the tenets of that religion the sage too embraced Buddhism.
The JAC co-convenor also said there was a need for further study of the place by historians and archaeologists. He said development of a national monument of Buddhism was also needed simultaneously. MLC and well-known educationist Chukka Ramaiah suggested inculcation of the element of questioning among children. He said Buddhism was founded on the principle of questioning established tenets.
Other speakers included Raja Sekhar Vundru, an IAS officer of Haryana cadre, historians Dr. Ramaiah, Dr. S. Narasaiah and Professor Seetarama Rao, former Director of NIMS, Hyderabad, Dr. Raja Reddy, Dr. Suresh Chandra Hari, Telangana Rashtra Samiti women's wing president Uma, and Adilabad district president K. Srihari Rao. It was decided to form a committee to bring about awareness on the issue.