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President completes one-day visit to Nagpur, urges Maharashtra to lead social reforms in the country
President Ram Nath Kovind during his one-day visit to Nagpur on September 22 paid tribute to BR Ambedkar at Deekshabhoomi; inaugurated the Suresh Bhat Natya Sabhagrah and inaugurated a Vipassana Meditation Centre at Kamptee.

According to an official release, the President said that Maharashtra was one of the main centres of the freedom struggle and currently the state was not only a hub of industry and business of the country but that of its culture and art as well, thereby, setting an example for the nation.

The release stated that the President reminded that Vipassana was a meditation technique propounded by Lord Buddha which helps us connect with our inner selves and was an effective way to cleanse our mind and body and equips us to face the stresses of modern life. He stated that like Yoga, Vipassana should not be seen as being associated with any particular religion. It is for the welfare of all humanity.

The release added that the ideals of Buddhist philosophy are reflected in our Constitution, especially in the stated principles of equality, fraternity, and social justice. The architect of our Constitution, Dr BR Ambedkar, had said that appreciation of the democratic system was present in ancient India and its roots in our country have been strong since age-old times, said the president.

The President said that the urge for social change was central to Lord Buddha's philosophy, and inspired many social reform movements in later centuries. He further added that in today's age of insecurity, the message of non-violence, love and compassion given by Lord Buddha is extremely relevant.

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