Thai Buddhist monk Phra Ajhan Withoon Ajarsupoh inaugurated the conference. Maharashtra Dairy Development Minister Nitin Raut, the former Union Minister and local MP, Vilas Muttemwar, and the former MP, Ramdas Athawale, were chief guests.
Describing Lord Buddha as the most revered philosopher, Mr. Reddy equated him with Socrates, Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad. Buddha was a symbol of rationalism and humanism. He was the first intellectual democrat and great believer in moderation.
“In today's relevance, Buddhism might have gone from India but the Buddha remains in our hearts.”