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Follow ideals of Guru to rebuild State: CM

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Call to inculcate sustainable way of living by following the practice of reduce, repair and recycle

The new Kerala being rebuilt after the floods will be a society resilient to crises of all kinds, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.

He was inaugurating a session on rebuilding Kerala based on Guru’s ideals as part of the 86th Sivagiri pilgrimage here on Monday.

Secular mindset

“We were able to face the floods unitedly because of our secular mindset. The interventions of social reform movements were responsible for such a mindset. Such reformist ideas, which took root in the oppressed communities first, later spread to the so-called forward castes too. Narayana Guru was the source of strength for this movement against regressive and superstitious practices, which affected all sections of people. In rebuilding Kerala, we need to draw on those ideals,” he said.

He said the focus of rebuilding should not be on reinstating what was lost, but on rebuilding in such a way as to resist future disasters.

“A sustainable way of living has to be inculcated. There should be a change in mindset to follow the idea of reduce, repair and recycle. We should build using materials that can resist natural calamities. Construction activity should not be carried out on hill slopes or in areas of frequent flooding.

“The rebuilding of houses destroyed in the floods will be completed by the end of the financial year,” he said.

Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who presided over the function, said the previous rebuilding of Kerala society took place during Narayana Guru’s era, which witnessed several reform movements.

‘Life with equanimity’

“Though Guru had broken the barriers of caste and religion, he did so without shedding a drop of blood. He was able to handle with equanimity all opposition to his reform movements. He did not ask anyone to be an atheist.

“Rather, he took along the atheists and those from other religions, in bringing about change,” said Mr. Chandy. Narayana Guru taught that humanity was the biggest religion, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has said.

‘Advocate of humanism’

He was inaugurating the pilgrim meet as part of the 86th Sivagiri pilgrimage here on Monday.

“Guru never stood for a specific caste or religion. He exhorted everyone to get proper education. He taught us how to live one’s life. Guru gained followers across the world for these reasons,” he said.

SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan said brotherhood beyond all borders was Guru’s greatest message. “The Sivagiri pilgrimage has a clear aim and a strong message. Knowledge is the gift that the devotees get in Sivagiri.”

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