NEW DELHI

`Teachings of Mahavir more relevant today'

NEW DELHI APRIL 15. The Vice-President, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, today said the immortal teachings of non-violence, trust and compassion as preached by Bhagwan Mahavir 2600 years ago are more relevant today than ever before.

Inaugurating an inter-faith meeting organised by Jain Mahasabha Delhi on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti at his 6 Maulana Azad Road residence -- which passed a unanimous resolution seeking formation of an inter-religion coordination forum for sorting religious disputes -- Mr Shekhawat advocated the relevance of communal harmony in a country's growth and progress.

Mr Shekhawat also criticised the tendency of running service project schools and hospitals as profit projects and emphasised advised that these institutions be managed in a spirit of worship and service.

Calling upon the Jain community to initiate a tree plantation programme and nurture conservation throughout the country on the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, he noted that such steps have far-reaching benefits.

Attended by a large number of eminent Jain leaders and citizens, the function was presided over by president of Jain Mahasabha, Salek Chand Jain, and also witnessed singing of devotional songs.

The Secretary-General of Jain Mahasabha, Ratan Jain, said that in the history of mankind people have not only been killed by weapons but also in the name of establishing superiority of religious scriptures.

Observing that the increasing desire of hoarding was the key to violence, he said the need of the hour is to solve problems in a spirit of goodwill and dialogue instead of bullets and <243>swords.

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