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MUSICAL TRIBUTE: Students of Adyar Music College singing at the 2550th year celebrations of Buddha's Maha Parinirvana held in Chennai on Thursday. Photo: S. S. Kumar
MUSICAL TRIBUTE: Students of Adyar Music College singing at the 2550th year celebrations of Buddha's Maha Parinirvana held in Chennai on Thursday. Photo: S. S. Kumar

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Chief Minister to organise more functions during anniversary celebrations

CHENNAI: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government will take all steps to spread the teachings of Lord Buddha to enable people to face problems with a humanitarian approach, Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan said here on Thursday.

Speaking at a function to mark the 2550th anniversary of Buddha's Maha Parinirvana, Mr. Anbazhagan said Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was keen on organising more functions during the anniversary celebrations. He also referred to the Chief Minister's message given on the occasion of the launching of the anniversary celebrations.

Referring to remarks made by speakers including Congress Legislature Party leader D. Sudarsanam, Central Executive Committee member of the Communist Party of India (CPI) R. Nallakannu, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder G.K. Mani and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol. Thirumavalavan, he said the Government would consider their suggestions to spread the ideas of the Buddha.

The Buddha should not be seen as the founder of a religion, Mr. Anbazhagan said. His ideas should be considered a way of life for the entire humanity. His teachings were still relevant in the fight against casteism.

Information Minister Parithi Ilamvazhuthi said functions to highlight the Buddha's teachings were held in the State, as the Centre had decided to conduct year-long anniversary celebrations.

Sathyabama Badhreenath, Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, called for efforts to strengthen explorations to discover sites where Buddhist remains could lie hidden. Mr. Sudarsanam said lessons based on the Buddha's teachings should be included in school syllabus. Mr. Mani said seminars should be conducted at the district headquarters as part of the celebrations.

Mr. Nallakannu said the Buddha's message of peace and harmony should be spread at a time when imperialist forces launched genocidal attacks against developing countries. Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani described the Buddha as the doyen of the rationalist movement in the country.

Mr. Thirumavalavan appealed to the Government to install a Buddha statue at the B.R. Ambedkar memorial in Chennai. The former Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court P.R. Gokulakrishnan said universities should take up research on the Buddha's teachings.

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