World struggling to deal with worst impulses of intolerance, time to reinforce values: Mukherjee
22 November 2015, Nirapad News: President of India Pranab Mukherjee said today “no better recourse than to remind ourselves of the high values of India at time when world struggling to deal with worst impulses of intolerance and hatred.”
The Indian President said this while inaugurating a three-day World Indology Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Speaking on the occasion Pranab said Indology is the pursuit of a major component of human knowledge; it is the understanding of the evolution of human civilization and a science for the diagnosis and mitigation of the complexities of human life. Ancient Indians had left no stream of human consciousness unexplored – whether it was deeply delving into religion and philosophy or cracking the medicinal secrets of food. They studied, in fascinating detail, and wrote very succinctly, incredibly profound treatises on medical science, state craft, law, social science, metallurgy, language, grammar and aesthetics.
Kautilya’s Arthashastra is a comprehensive discourse on statecraft. Manusmriti is a legal text studied most widely. Nourishment of body through healthy food received equal attention and Pakshastra(cooking) became a highly evolved subject.
He said that he would like to pay tribute to all Indologists and scholars of Indian history, art and culture, science and philosophy the world over. They have, over the centuries, contributed to the understanding, propagation and promotion of the Indian knowledge system in countries far and wide.
The President conferred the first ‘Distinguished Indologist’ Award on Prof. Emeritus Heinrich Freiherr Von Stietencron of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The President said that Prof. Stietencron’s work has added quality and substance to Indological studies and will go a long way in encouraging future efforts in this direction.
Pranab said that he would also like to see more Indology in the academic collaborations between India and her foreign partners. That will not only add new dimensions to the bilateral discourse of India with these friendly countries, but will also create yet another layer of co-operation and mutual understanding.
He said we are, today, witnessing events without precedent: when the world is struggling to deal with the worst impulses of intolerance and hatred that mankind has ever witnessed. At such a time, there can be no better recourse than to remind ourselves of the high values, written and unwritten samskaras, duties and the way of life that is the essence of India. This is the time to reinforce the civilizational values that bind together the complex diversity of modern-day India and promote them among our people and the world.
Other international scholars who participate in the Conference Prof. Anisuzzaman from Bangladesh , Fernando Tola from Argentina, Prof. Oscar Punjol Riembau from Brazil, Sergio Meliton Carrasco Alvarez from Chile, Prof. Dr. Jaroslav Vacek from Czech Republic, Dr. Kenneth Gregory Zysk from Denmark, Prof. I. Wayan Ardika from Indonesia, Prof. Claus Peter Zoller from Norway, Prof. Danuta Stasik from Poland, Dr. George Anca from Romania, Prof. Javier Ruiz Calderon from Spain, Prof. Ven. Induragare Dhammaratna from Sri Lanka, Prof. Dr. Korhan Kaya from Turkey, Irma Piovano from Italy, Prof. Wang Banwei, Prof. Ma Jiali and Prof. Yu from China,Prof. Narendra K. Wagle from Canada, Prof. Marietta Stepanyants from Russia, Prof. Rajendra Arun from Mauritius and Prof. David Frawley from the USA.