He was speaking after inaugurating a two-day conference on ‘Emerging technologies and future of libraries: issues and challenges’ at Gulbarga University. Mr. Vala said that although he does not want to belittle the contribution of other religions to the field of literature, he was proud to say that Hinduism’s contribution to the world of literature was immense and the works and teachers of saints like Sankaracharya, Buddha, Mahavira, Madhwacharya and Mahatma Gandhi could not be matched.
Earlier, Mr. Vala asked the organisers to remove the “Maharaja” chair on the dais kept for him and preferred to sit in a normal chair. Also, he more than once interrupted the organisers who tried to cut short the programme to facilitate his address. He asked them to go through the schedule as planned and listened to the speeches of others on the dais.
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