NAGROTA, Oct 21: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana today highlighted the crucial need of carving out a society based on social justice, love, tolerance and amity, saying that the sages and saints have shown a way forward in this regard from times immemorial.
“We have to emulate their lives and teachings to make this world a better place to live in”, Rana said while interacting with devotees during the take off of Shoba Yatra from Valmiki Mandir Nagrota this afternoon.
He said the life of Maharishi Valmiki is worth emulation, who penned down the great Ramayana in Sanskrit that has and will continue to guide the humanity and help humans to lead a life on high moral grand standing. He said the life of Lord Rama has been inspiration for humanity the world over.
Paying tributes to Maharishi Valmiki, the Provincial President said that he was a great scholar poet, who will continue to remain torchbearer of society and his teachings will be an inspirations particularly to youth. He stressed the need for strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and inclusiveness, which is essence of all the religions. He prayed for universal peace and brotherhood.
“We should particularly focus on social justice and equality that has been the corner stone of the works and contribution of great religious scholars”, Rana said, adding that the upliftment of the poor and downtrodden should be foremost priority for the society at large. He also stressed the need for making opportunities available to those who are socially and economically backward owing to any reasons. He said that people belonging to weaker sections of the society deserve all assistance to grow as equal citizens of the nation.
He expressed happiness over holding of the magnificent Shoba Yatra and said that participation of the cross section of people speaks about the great ethos of unity in diversity. He said this is the greatest strength of the society, which has made Jammu and Kashmir enviable around the country and the world.
Chanting Bhajans and Kirtans, the devotees took out the yatra from various market places in serene and spiritual ambience. The yatra culminated at Valmiki Mandir at Dhoke Wazira where a Preetibhoj or Langer was organized. A larger number of people joined the Langer. They included men, women and children, who walked with the Shobha Yatra, reciting Kirtanas.
Prominent among the organizing committee office bearers included ex Sarpanch Mr Raman Wazir, eminent social worker Rattan Lal Mahajan, Kuldeep Singh besides President Valmiki Samaj Nagrota Suresh Kumar, Chairman Ashok Kumar, Convenor Jang Bahadur, Central Committee Member Aji Gil, President Valmiki Samaj Resham Garh Jammu Bhagat Ram and Cashier Narinder Kumar.