The Ramayana is a scripture that has transcended all boundaries known to mankind, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah as he presided over the 5th International Ramayana Festival as its Chief Guest on September 17.
Mr. Shah has said that “the International Ramayana Festival is being organized for the fifth year in a row, during which 17 countries have participated with their artists and rendered their versions of Ramayana. Ramayana is one such scripture that has transcended personal, societal, religious, cultural and national boundaries to reach a global audience.”
The Home Minister has further praised the organizer of the event, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for conducting the festival.
“ICCR was established with the vision of propagating Indian culture and its values to the whole world. There is no other better way to realize this vision than organizing the Ramayana festival,” he added.
Praising the religious script, Mr. Shah was quoted saying, “Ramayana is the treasure of centuries-old Indian culture and has solutions to all problems in the world. It is an unparalleled creation by Maharishi Valmiki in the life and values of an ideal human being. It beautifully depicts the highs and lows of human life and answers questions on morality and ethics arising out of difficult situations in life.”
Approving it for the immensity of topics it touches on, he said that it has explained difficult concepts like “good governance, the art of war, science and technology, protecting the dignity of women, among others, through conversations between the different characters in the scripture.”
Mr. Shah has also appealed to all the people to take values from the Ramayana in their lives and struggle to become an ideal human being.