New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) on Monday appealed to the Centre to declare a national holiday on Ashoka Jayanti — the birth anniversary of Emperor Ashoka — on April 14.
IBC secretary general Lama Lobzang said they would pass a formal resolution at a cultural function in Delhi on April 14.
Lobzang said Emperor Ashoka was the tallest figure in India’s history and yet there was no day to celebrate his legacy.
“All major symbols of our country’s governance contain symbols related to Ashoka. For example, our national emblem Ashoka Chakra. To honour his immense contribution to the Indian ethos, we hope that the Indian government will take note and celebrate the historic day,” he added.
He said the Bihar government had already declared Ashoka Jayanti a public holiday in the state.
“The cultural event to be held in Delhi on Ashoka Jayanti will be attended by union ministers Upendra Kushwaha and Kiren Rijiju, apart from many national and international personalities,” he said.