IEP Chandigarh, October 5
Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal today exhorted people of the state to move forward in life by taking inspiration from the life of ‘Maryada Purushottam’ Lord Ram, and extended his greetings to the people of the state on Dussehra. While addressing the Dussehra festival organized by Shri Ramlila Committee Katla at the Mahabir Stadium on Wednesday the chief minister said that in his childhood he had got the opportunity to see Shri Ramlila at Katla and today he has got this privilege again. The Chief Minister said that whether it is Ramayana or Gita Saar Sandesh, the State Government has taken many initiatives to promote them and has ensured that the spiritual message reaches every nook and corner of the state. He said that India was recognized as a ‘Vishwa Guru’ over a period of time, now once again India’s credibility has increased across the world. He said that foreigners invaded India and tried to distort the culture here, but they could not eliminate the values and traditions established by the sages.
Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal said that we have got an opportunity to learn something or the other from every aspect of the life of Raja Ramchandra. There is much to be learned from his life as an ideal son, a brother, a father and a husband. He has set many examples of upholding the dignity of ‘Rajdharma’ and ‘Dharma Yudh’. His statement of ‘Seva Paramo Dharma’ is very relevant even today.
After the address, the Chief Minister offered tilak to the artists playing the characters of Ramlila on the stage and offered prayers to them. After this he symbolically burnt the effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, Kumbhakarna. On this occasion Urban Local Bodies Minister, Dr. Kamal Gupta, Deputy Speaker, Sh. Ranbir Gangwa, Rajya Sabha MP, Sh. DP Vats, Former Minister, Smt. Savitri Jindal, MLA, Sh. Jogi Ram Sihag, Mayor, Sh. Gautam Sardana, BJP District President Captain Bhupendra, Shri Ramlila Committee Katla President, Sh. Surendra along with other dignitaries were present.