PM Narendra Modi on Saturday entitled India as ‘Buddhist India’.
“I would personally call India as a “Buddhist India”, as it has imbibed the values and virtues of the teachings of Lord Buddha by the religious scholars incorporating them in their literature,” Modi said while addressing the delegates on SAMVAD – the Global Hindu Buddhist Initiative.
He said “after Pandit Nehru and Atal ji, I have the honour of coming here”.
PM Modi also pointed out that Lord Buddha was a great preacher of equality and “Hinduism after Buddha’s arrival became Buddhist Hinduism”.
The Prime Minister’s visit to Bodh Gaya coincides with Day 3 of SAMVAD – the Global Hindu Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness, during which the delegates for this event will be present at Bodh Gaya.