India's President Abdul Kalam Says Peace and Prosperity in the World Could Only be Achieved by Following Buddhism

May 6, 2007

Author: Walter Jayawardhana

Source: To The Center

Reminiscent of former Indian leaders like King Ashoka, Pandit Nehru and Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, India’s scientist President, Dr. Abdul Kalam, praised Buddhism, and said peace and prosperity in this world could be achieved only by following Buddhism.

“Today, several countries," the President said, “were adopting the principles of Buddhism and people were being attracted towards the values and ideals preached by the great Buddha.”

Peace and prosperity could be achieved in the world only by following the path shown by Lord Buddha, India’s President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam further said.

"In the present times,” said Abdul Kalam, “there is an urgent need for peace and this could be achieved only by following the ideology and path shown by Gautam Buddha."

He was addressing the concluding ceremony of "2550th Mahaparinirvan Jayanti" function of Lord Buddha or the Vesak celebration at Kushinagar in Uttara Pradesh.