On the occasion of Buddha Pournima, the Prime Minister reminded of Lord Buddha’s emphasis on a way of life where respect for Mother Nature is paramount
PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the economic impact left by COVID-19 is huge and our planet will not be the same after the pandemic. Describing the COVID-19 vaccines as “absolutely important to save lives and defeat the pandemic”, the Prime Minister noted that this “once-in-a-lifetime” crisis has brought tragedy and sufferings at doorsteps of many and caused huge economic impact. Delivering his keynote address on the occasion of Vesak Global Celebrations on Buddha Pournima through video conference, Prime Minister said, there have been many noteworthy improvements as well over the last year like having a better understanding of the pandemic, which strengthens our strategy to fight.
The Prime Minister thanked the first responders, front-line healthcare workers, doctors, nurses and volunteers for selflessly risking their lives to serve those in need. He expressed condolences to those who have lost their near and dear ones. “A year later, COVID-19 pandemic has still not left us and several nations, including India, have experienced a second wave.” The Prime Minister said, while fighting COVID-19, one must not lose sight of the other challenges faced by humanity like climate change.
Modi said that the reckless lifestyles of the present generation are threatening the future generations and resolved not to let our planet remain wounded. He reminded of Lord Buddha’s emphasis on a way of life where respect for Mother Nature is paramount. He announced that India is among the few large economies to be on track to achieve its Paris targets. “For India, sustainable living is not only about the right words but also about the right actions.” He appealed to the world to come together in the fight against forces trying to spread hate, terror and mindless violence.