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“Taking care of the elderly is part of our family values”: Shri Rajnath Singh



“Taking care of the elderly is part of our family values”: Shri Rajnath Singh 
The Union Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has said we would like to be build an India that becomes the “Vishva Guru,” or World Teacher, and our civilization and cultural values should inspire and motivate the world’s citizens. He was addressing the gathering after launching the project ‘Empowering Elderly through Young Generation’, organized by NGO ‘Healthy Aging India,’ here today. 


Shri Rajnath Singh said the values of life including serving the elderly have been the most important part of our tradition. He said that taking care of the senior citizens is not only part of our family system but this has been enshrined in the Directive Principles of State Policy and is also part of the Concurrent List of powers common between the States and the Centre besides being part of the Criminal Procedure Code, CrPC.

Recalling that Lord Ram was known as “maryada purshottam” for upholding the word of his parents and being caring towards them, Shri Rajnath Singh said our young children must inherit the traditional values since a system works more by the heart than mind. This will become more vital since the elderly population of our country, which stands at over 10 crores at present is projected to rise to more than 30 crores by the year 2050, he added. 
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Shri Kiren Rijiju leaves for Tokyo, Japan to attend Symposium on ‘Asia’ Values and Democracy’ 
The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju today left for Tokyo, Japan to attend the Symposium on ‘Asia’ Values and Democracy’ on 19th January, 2016. The Japan Foundation and Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), India are co-organizers of the symposium in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.

The symposium is a follow up to the “Hindu-Buddhist Conference for conflict Avoidance and Environmental Consciousness” that was organized by VIF in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation and Tokyo Foundation in New Delhi in the first week of September, 2015. This initiative has come from the talks that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had with Prime Minister Shri Shinzo Abe of Japan in which they identified conflict and environment as the two major challenges facing the world today.

The symposium in Tokyo will be attended by approximately 600 people representing 13 countries. Shri Kiren Rijiju will deliver the inaugural address. The Prime Minister of Japan Shri Shinzo Abe will address the inaugural function, where Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi’s video message will be played. The symposium will attract renowned Asian political, social, academic, and religious leaders to explore the values that have formed the basis of democracy and inter-state relations in Asia. Shri Kiren Rijiju is also scheduled to visit the ancient Buddhist temple of Todaji at Nara, Japan on 20th January, before departure for India on 21st January, 2016. 


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