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Advani felicitates Jain saint on his birthday

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NEW DELHI: The former Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, felicitated Acharya Mahaprajna on his 86th birthday at Adhyatama Sadhna Kendra in Mehrauli on Sunday and described the Jain saint as a great thinker who had given his independent thoughts on diverse subjects like economics, democracy and education.

He said that guidance given by great saints like Acharya Mahaprajna only could develop India in true sense and by following the path of moral values, India can emerge as one of the leading nations of the world.

`Pragya Diwas Samaroh'

To commemorate the 86th birth anniversary of the Acharya, who is head of the Terapanth Jain Sect, the day was celebrated as "Pragya Diwas Samaroh''.

Speaking before the gathering, which also comprised former diplomat, L.M. Singhvi, the Acharya said he had come to Delhi during his Ahimsa Yatra specially to attract attention of the countrymen towards the problem of violence.

Noting that one of the root causes of violence was that many people were not even getting a square meal, he said India needs to ponder over this problem on a priority basis.

On Ahimsa Yatra

In Delhi in connection with the Ahimsa Yatra he had started from Rajasthan in 2001, the Acharya -- who has walked from Rajasthan to Gujarat, Daman, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana before reaching Delhi -- will be staying in the Capital till December when he will go to Punjab and Haryana.

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