Shivaji’s teachings are still relevant: President Mukherjee
President Mukherjee said that Shivaji could achieve this success without any formal education or training in the statecraft but it was possible because of the sheer dedication of his people and importance Shivaji gave to them
Thane: Paying rich tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji, President Pranab Mukherjee today said that it was the dedication of his people and teachings of his three people mother Jijabai, Saint Tukaram and Guru Ramdas that made him a popular ruler of medieval India.
In a grand program here, President Mukherjee inaugurated a full-size statue of the 17th century warrior king at Kalwa here.
President Mukherjee said that Shivaji could achieve this success without any formal education or training in the statecraft but it was possible because of the sheer dedication of his people and importance Shivaji gave to them that made him a popular ruler in the medieval India.
The statue has been installed under an initiative taken by NCP leader and local MLA Jitendra Awhad.
President said, “In the past, the teachings of Shivaji and systems put in place by him were ignored. Hence, our country went into the hands of East India Company and later came under British rule.”
“Had we listened and followed his teachings, we would have not suffered,” Mukherjee said.
In his speech, the President traced the life history of Shivaji and said three people – his mother Jijabai, Sant Tukaram and guru Ramdas – and their teachings had a huge impact on him.
Shivaji had no formal education or training but excelled in his rule just by winning the hearts and minds of his people, Mukherjee said.
“The teachings of Shivaji are relevant even today and people should adopt them,” he said.
Addressing the audience, Union Minister Sharad Pawar said, “The teachings and contributions of Shivaji were at times ignored in the history. However, it should be borne in mind that he cared for one and all unmindful of their caste, creed or religion,” he said.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that his government was in the process of getting various clearances for erecting a world-class memorial of Shivaji in the Arabian Sea.