President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday stressed on the need for preserving the Vedas in their pristine form as they were the source of our heritage, culture and were the foundation of our value system. Mr Mukherjee inaugurated the Vedic School at AI-Bhimavaram village in Akiveedu mandal of West Godavari district on Friday along with Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Mukherjee said that Unesco had recognised the Vedas as oral heritage. He said that the ideas enshrined in the Vedas were limited not only to the welfare of the individual, society and the nation, but manifested a spirit of universal brotherhood. He said that the traditional Indian philosophy of Vasudhaika Kutumbam beautifully captured the essence of our global outlook.
The President added that in ancient times all vidyas were taught in residential universities or gurukuls like Takshashila, Vikaramshila and Odantapuri, the remains of which have been found.
“They were very famous throughout the world, particularly in China and South East Asian countries. In all these universities, 14 vidyas were taught. In Andhra Pradesh too, we had many education centers along the rivers Godavari and Krishna like Nagarjuna Konda, Amaravati and others where many foreign students would come for higher education.
“Veda Patasalas of TTD remind us of those great learning centres established by gurus and sages," he said, adding that the true message of the Vedas could only be availed if they were interpreted correctly. “The old Indian tradition of Vedic teachings was primarily oral and it was based upon the bedrock of guru-shishya parampara".
Tired Ashok Gajapathi Raju walks out of venue
Union civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju walked out of the VIP gallery after waiting a while for the arrival of President Pranab Mukherjee at AI-Bhimavaram. Waiting along with Eluru MP Maganti Venkateswara Rao (Babu), former TTD chairman Kanumuri Bapiraju and others, the minister felt drowsy. Photographers swarmed to take his pictures.
The minister said he was upset and walked away. Bapiraju and Venkateswara Rao tried to persuade him to stay on, but in vain. Sources said Gajapathi Raju called security officials and told them that there was no discipline in the galleries. The minister later next made an appearance, just before the function began. He was seen on the dais with the President and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.