Kollam: Taking a serious note of political killings in the state, governor justice P Sathasivam said on Thursday if people had imbibed the lessons of Sree such incidents would not have taken place.
Speaking after unveiling the plaque to mark the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Sree Narayana Guru Renaissance Cultural Complex here, he touched on the opening lines of guru’s ‘Anukamba Dashakam’ (10 Verses on Compassion), cautioning against inflicting slightest pain even to an ant.
Pointing out that guru‘s ideals of equality and fraternity have reflected well in the Constitution, he said: “As we celebrate Renaissance values and the wisdom of our Constitution, we must look within to assess the strength of our own commitment. If we had imbibed the Constitution’s spirit, which requires us to abjure violence, we would never spill blood over political differences,” he said.
“Let us not forget that in the past six decades, since our state was formed, we have been ruled by different governments. They had different political views but all of them dreamed about and worked hard for the state’s progress. The state is today enjoying the legacy handed down to us by many individuals, groups and ideologies, who worked for the society’s welfare,” he added.
The progress that Kerala has achieved in terms of human development, especially in literacy, education and health, was the result of the Renaissance movement, which quickened the pace of social transformation, the governor added.
“There were many social movements that brought the winds of change and all of them were led by leaders whose words and ideas encouraged people to think and to fight for human dignity. These social and religious leaders had willingly taken up the task of recreating a society, which Swamy Vivekananda had once criticized as a lunatic asylum,” Sathasivam said.
Minister for culture, SC/ST and backward communities, A K Balan, minister for fisheries J Mercykutty Amma, mayor V Rajendra Babu, M Mukesh, MLA, district panchayat president C Radhamani, culture secretary Rani George, cultural director T R Sadasivan Nair and others attended the event.