On the Kerala New Year 'Vishu' eve this evening, Minister for Local Self-Governments, Welfare of Minorities - Kerala, Sri KT Jaleel spoke on the importance of growing beyond narrow religious understanding, embracing 'Unity In Diversity' in its truest spirit. The Minister spoke in vernacular Malayalam, mixing up with English.
Religion is not for religion, but for man and India has always embraced multi-religious faiths. Touching upon the incomparable beauty of diversity in His manifested world at large, the Minister reminded the audience that man becomes true man when he understands that every path leads to the same Goal.
Not concealing his feeling for Puttaparthi, being the place that is hosting a 'cash-counter-less' hospital aimed at public welfare, the minister hoped that his state of Kerala also will have one of the same stature. Real greatness lies in recognising man as man, beyond the boundaries of religious faiths, understanding his problems turning his helping hand to him, said the Minister quoting a beautiful incident from the life of Ibrahim Vengara, a noted litterateur from Kerala involving veteran parliamentarian, Late Sri AK Gopalan. Touching upon an 'golden' incident at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, wherein the Minster went in a delegation, the Minister said, Puttaparthi will undoubtedly echo the sentiments he felt at the Golden Temple that, 'To What Extent It Is Ours, To That Extent It Is Yours Also'.
The session ended with Bhajans followed by Mangala Arathi.