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Buddha statues to promote peace along India-China border

 The Indian Army has installed Buddha statue in eastern Ladakh to promote peace with China. This initiative reflects India's commitment to 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' (the world is one family) and enhances local infrastructure under the Vibrant Village initiative, showcasing a strategic approach to fostering stability and harmony in the region.

In a move that underscores India's commitment to peace and unity, the Indian Army has begun installing Buddha statues in the eastern region of Ladakh, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) shared with China. This initiative comes as the two countries continue to navigate the complexities of the border situation, recognizing the detrimental impact of prolonged conflict on their shared interests.


Adjacent to the border, the Indian Army has placed Buddha statues in Lukung and Chushul, depicting the 'BhumiSparsha mudra', a symbolic gesture of the Buddha's connection to the earth. According to the army, this step is aimed at promoting peace and harmony in the region, reflecting India's commitment to the principle of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', which translates to 'the world is one family'.


Commenting on this move, the Indian Army stated on its social media account, "The world is one family to promote unity, preserve spiritual values and eternal peace in the forward areas of eastern Ladakh."


The installation of these Buddha statues is seen as a strategic approach by India to foster a positive environment amidst the ongoing border challenges. This aligns with the recent efforts by both India and China to de-escalate tensions and work towards a peaceful resolution.


In a recent meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, called for resolving the long-standing border dispute, acknowledging that prolonging the conflict is not in the best interests of both countries.


Echoing this sentiment, Chinese Ambassador to India, Xu Feihong, expressed optimism about the future of bilateral relations, emphasizing the importance of broader perspectives and joint leadership efforts. He stated, "The two countries are very close neighbors. If we look from our own perspectives, we will not be able to see the full picture of the Himalayas. Only if we rise higher, we will be able to see farther."


The ambassador expressed confidence in the continued stability and mutual benefits of China-India relations under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping.


As both nations navigate the complexities along the LAC, initiatives like the installation of Buddha statues represent India's strategic approach to fostering peace and stability in the region. Through this symbolic gesture, India aims to promote unity, preserve spiritual values, and work towards the shared goal of eternal peace along the border.

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