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Inculcate virtues of revering nature as divine in school kids: President Kovind

Kovind praised Adamya Chetana for providing fresh and nutritious food to school children through its Annapurna project.

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Published: December 30, 2017 8:04 pm
President Ramnath Kovind speaks during the inauguration of Adamya Chetana Seva Utsava 2018 and Centenary celebration of the National Education Society at National College ground in Bengaluru on Saturday. PTI Photo

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said people should make an effort to inculcate among school children the virtues of revering India’s tradition of regarding nature as divine as it will be beneficial for society. “In India we worship rivers. We value trees and forests .. This is our tradition. We must make an effort to remember these virtues, and it can be done by inculcating these virtues in our schoolchildren. It will be beneficial for the society,” Kovind said.

The president was speaking after inaugurating ‘Seva Utsav 2018’, organised by the Adamya Chetana Foundation, and also the 100th anniversary of National Education Society of Karnataka and National High School that the Society runs.

Adamya Chetana is a voluntary organisation working in the field of social development.

It has been set up in the memory of Girija Shastry, mother of Union minister Ananth Kumar, who had served the poor and the underprivileged.

Beginning in a small way with ‘tailoring classes’ for poor girls (1998), Adamya Chetana has now touched the lives of thousands through its various projects across its core themes of Anna, Akshara and Aarogya (Food – Education – Health).

It has also taken up additional areas of intervention around Rural Development and Environmental Issues, the organisation said.

Ananth Kumar’s wife Tejaswini is the chairperson and managing trustee of Adamya Chetana.

Kovind praised Adamya Chetana for providing fresh and nutritious food to school children through its Annapurna project.

The Foundation’s initiative is in keeping with its philosophy of Seva – and its focus on Anna-Akshara-Arogya or food, education and health, the president said.

“I am glad to know Adamya Chetana Foundation this year has a theme centred on nature and culture. This theme is appropriate in the country and the society historically regarded nature as divine,” he said.

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  1. Dr. Manoj Chakravarty
    Jan 1, 2018 at 6:34 am
    There is no point in praising the culture of obeisance to the rivers and trees while simultaneously aiding and abetting the radicalization and saffronization of the country. The President, Vice-President and the present elected regime are indoctrinated Hindu activists and unfortunately, their collective silence on radical viewpoints is doing more harm to the country than all the prayers to the rivers and trees put together. The path of indoctrinated "hinduism" that they deem as a culture, has nothing to do with "Vedantism" which is the modern and refined state of the 'Sanatan dharma'. Their fetish with idolatry is in direct contravention to the philosophy of the 'Gita'. Until and unless they collectively discredit and disband Hindu radicalism, all tall talks of taking this country to the path of progress are a mirage. India appears to be heading towards a theocracy based on a radicalized view of a religion that does not exist in reality.