Amidst chanting of hymns, Sakyadhitas meet begins
(dancing songs) depicting the life and times of Amrapali.
Amrapali was the state courtesan of Vaishali. Later she renounced her position as courtesan and had ordained to Buddhism.
A musical f o l k d ra m a ‘Jhijhari’ was also presented on the occasion. A discussion by six distinguished Buddhist scholars on different topics was organised at the conclave.
Scholars Kustiani spoke on ‘ examining the date of Mahaprajapati ordination’, Linda La Macchia on ‘basic Buddhism in songs’, Namgey Lhmu dwelt on ‘ Buddhist women of the Himalayas’, Diki Bhutia spoke about ‘engaged Buddhist women of Sikkim’, Tensin Dechen deliberated on ‘new Horizon for Buddhist monks in Kinnaur’ and Thich Nu Nhu Nguyet spoke on ‘Ambedkar’s perspective on women in Indian society’. Christie Yu-Ling Chang, president of Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist women at Taiwan, anchored the event. PATNA: Describing retail and insurance sectors as the backbone of India’s economy, N K Choudhary, department of economics, Patna University, urged all stakeholders to save these sectors from foreign depredations.
Ad d re s s i n g a s e m i n a r on ‘ FDI hike in insurance and retail trade- an invitation to disaster’ organized by Insurance Employees’ Association Patna Division (IEAPD) at Jevan Prakash ‘Annexe’ here on Saturday, he said FDI in retail would mean 8 per cent of the country’s total workforce employed in retail would lose their jobs. He termed this a governmentsponsored exercise to increase unemployment.
Maintaining FDI in retail would completely destroy t h e a g r i c u l t u r e s e c t o r, Choudhary warned the country of an impending economic disaster.
He wondered why the government was fighting shy of allowing FDI in infrastructure.
S K M i s h ra , ge n e ra l - s e c r e t a r y, E a s t C e n t ra l Zone Insurance Employees Association, warned that by increasing the FDI limit in insurance sector to 49 per cent from 26 per cent would deal a severe blow to hard-earned savings of Indian people.
IEAPD general secretary, Om Prakash urged all the insurance employees to oppose the government’s move.