A public reception was held in conjunction with Walk of Hope 2015-16, at Government School, Thalagattapura, Kanakapura Road, Bengaluru on Friday, April 03, 2015. The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri. Siddaramaiah attended the reception and subsequently joined the Walk along with Sri M.Being the beginning of the Assembly session, the Chief Minister arrived at the venue only after 12 noon and the event was underway immediately with Sri Siddaramaiah addressing the audience briefly.
In his address, the Chief Minister said that peace and harmony is imperative for the society and without them, progress or growth of any kind in the society means nothing. He added that Walk of Hope is an adventure and he is delighted to see Sri M lead the padayatra without any personal agenda. He congratulated Sri M on taking up the noble cause, which will definitely have a major positive impact on India and wished him and the padayatra all success.
In his benedictory address, Sri M said religion is one’s personal experience and it was important to live one’s life without harming anyone. He drew attention to the Rigveda where it says: “Ekam Sat, Viprah Bahudha Vadanti” (There is only one truth, only sages describe it in different ways) and the Bible where it says: “Lay treasures in your heart, for no thief can steal it. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” He drew attention to the fact that India is a splendid example to showcase communal harmony as we have, over the last two millennia, consistently welcomed all our visitors with open arms, helping them assimilate in our encompassing culture. ‘Manav Ekta’ is a concept of oneness to share with people all over the world. This is a completely Indian thought and this truth has not totally disappeared from our country. This wisdom can help us erase disparities arising from a misunderstanding of our diverse culture and religions, thus uniting the humanity of India through a spiritual approach proving people can live together despite all differences.
Sri M then invited the CM to join the Walk and they set forth with the crowd following them. Sri Siddaramaiah accompanied Sri M for about 2 kms.