Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for enlightened global leadership to ensure a conflict-free world order based on peace and sustainable development and asserted that Buddhism promotes such transformation. Vice President Naidu delivered the keynote address at the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak at Tam Chuc pagoda in Vietnam on his final day of the four-day official visit to Vietnam.
He asserted that adhering to the core principles of Buddhism can liberate individual minds and provide the much desired positive leadership that can rescue the troubled humanity besides addressing a just and responsive world order. He also urged the world leaders to work together to promote dialogue, harmony and justice based on compassion and wisdom. A sustainable society is possible only through sustainable consumption and production given the limited natural resources.
He spoke on the theme “Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies”. Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Dr.Thic Thien Nhon, President of UN Day of Vesak Celebration 2019 and over 1600 leading Buddhist from several countries were among the participants in the event.
Vice President Naidu elaborated on the virtues of Buddhism and it’s relevance to the present times. He said, “The Buddhist approach of Dhamma (righteous behaviour) and emphasis on Pragnya (wisdom), Karuna (compassion) and Maitri (camaraderie) as well as reduction of Trishna (greed) offers a set of building blocks for the architecture of a new world order where violence and conflict are minimized and development takes place without degrading the natural resources”.
The Vice President stressed that avoiding extreme positions and adopting a ‘middle path’ as taught by Buddha leads to realizing the truth which leads to avoiding conflict, reconciliation of different viewpoints and achieving consensus.
He said, “If global leadership can adopt this approach, it is possible to avoid conflict, reconcile different viewpoints and achieve consensus. It can also steer individuals away from bigotry, dogmatism and fanaticism to a more balanced view of life essential for peaceful co-existence. Underlying this approach is an inclusive perspective that respects each individual and diversity of thoughts. It is an antidote to the contemporary malaise of radicalization and religious fundamentalism. It is an approach that promotes equity and equanimity in which each viewpoint is given equal importance and no irrational or hasty decision is taken. ”
Noting that the genesis of conflict has roots in the idea of hate violence originating from an individual’s mind-space, Vice President Naidu said that the growing menace of terrorism is a manifestation of this destructive emotion.
He said, “The proponents of ideologies of hate need to be constructively engaged to avoid mindless death and destruction.”
Referring to the contemporary challenges being faced by the global leadership, Vice President Naidu said that peace and sustainable development are interlinked and they feed on each other.
He urged the world leaders to work together to promote dialogue, harmony and justice based on compassion and wisdom. A sustainable society is possible only through sustainable consumption and production given the limited natural resources.
The Vice President observed that throughout human history the dark forces of unbridled ambition and the unending spiral of irrational hatred and anger have raised their ugly head and unfolded a number of tragic tales of blood and tears and visionaries like Buddha showed the path to restore sanity to troubled humanity. He said that India’s vision has been of a world as one large family and its dreams have been woven around the theme of peaceful co-existence.