Prime News, National, Religion, Constitution, Democracy, Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh), October 20:- Lord Buddha is the inspiration for India’s Constitution even today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday (October 20).
Addressing a gathering at the Abhidhamma Day programme here, he asserted that the ‘dhamma chakra’ on the tricolour is the driving force for the country.
Even today, when someone enters Parliament (of India), they see the mantra ‘Dharma Chakra Pravartaanye,’ he said.
“Buddha is global because he talks about starting from within. Lord Buddha’s Buddhatatva is the sense of ultimate responsibility,” he added.
“Today when the world talks about climate conservation and expresses concern over climate change, then may questions come up. But if we adopt the message of Buddha, then the path of what has to be done, instead of who has to do it, will be visible,” he said.
The prime minister inaugurated a new Kushinagar International Airport here, which is an endeavour to connect Buddhist pilgrimage sites around the world as well as facilitate travel of pilgrims to the final resting place of Lord Buddha.
Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh is the final resting place of Gautama Buddha where he attained Mahaparinirvana after his death, and is among the most important pilgrim spots for Buddhists.
The airport has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 260 crore and the new terminal building is spread across 3,600 square metres. It has been developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in association with the Uttar Pradesh government.
The new terminal can handle 300 passengers during peak hours.
“The airport will help in attracting more followers of Buddhism from home and abroad to Kushinagar and will enhance the development of Buddhist theme based circuit.
“Journey of Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Shravasti, Rajgir, Sankisa and Vaishali of Buddhist circuit will be covered in lesser time,” the civil aviation ministry said in a release on Monday. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)