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Time To Build Bonds: Reddy

Diwali is a time to build bonds, says Dr Mahendra Reddy, the Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts. He said last night that this was an opportunity to
20 Oct 2014 14:12
Time To Build Bonds: Reddy
Students getting ready to perform during Diwali celebrations last night organised by students of the Suva Multicultural Centre. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Diwali is a time to build bonds, says Dr Mahendra Reddy, the Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts.

He said last night that this was an opportunity to build relations with other races and religions.

Dr Reddy was speaking at a Deepawali Utsav organised by the Suva Multicultural Centre at the Patel Samaj Hall.

Dr Reddy pleaded with people to think of the poor and less fortunate during Diwali.

“Today we are setting the stage to celebrate Diwali. Many of you know what Diwali is, so I don’t have to explain, but one thing I must say is Diwali is one celebration that allows us to build bonds, to build relationships with different segments of the society, different ethnic groups, different religious groups and people who are as not as fortunate as us,” Dr Reddy said.

“I do hope that we will use Diwali to do that. Often we should always say to ourselves that for some reason we are more fortunate than others and why is that? Why are others not as fortunate as us? Why is it that we can pay a trolley when we enter a supermarket while the others, the poor in society can’t? What do we then have to do, What is our obligation?”

He said the Diwali Festival brought about philosophical questions that one needed to continuously think of and start practising.

“The rest are past, the rest are all attached to the material worlds. There’s more beyond the material world, beyond us and we all need to go beyond the past,” he said.

“To go beyond the past we need to be deeply founded in philosophy. I do suggest that we should have a strong philosophical base and for that we need to have understanding of our scriptures.

“Whatever it may be, it could be ‘Ramayan’ but I suggest that you have your foundations strongly based on our scriptures and that is something that will give you time not to float aimlessly but be sure for the ultimate. The rest are all materials, I think we have a purpose.”

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