New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi today stressed the relevance of Jain principles to tackle the problem of violence and terrorism afflicting the modern world.
Gandhi also underlined the importance of politics that believes in non-violence, environment-centric development and taking all sections together.
The Congress president said she belongs to a political tradition that believes in these values.
"World is facing problems of violence and terrorism... In such darkness, the light to save humanity is found in the philosophy of Jain religion," Gandhi said while addressing a silver jubilee programme of Jain organisation Kund Kund Bharti.
Eulogising the philosophy of Anekantwad (Recognition of the relativity of truth from the perspective of life in this world), Gandhi said," there could be many aspects of a problem and it can be seen from various angles."
The philosophy teaches one to respect others' beliefs, she said, adding it establishes democratic values.
The Congress president also handed over a cash award of Rs5 lakh and a citation given by the organisation to professor Natalia Zhelznova.
Zhelznova, a professor of Moscow University, translated various books on Jainism into Russian language.
Gandhi also inaugurated a library and a newly constructed building of the Jain organisation.
Chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, and minister of state for rural development Pradip Jain Aditya and Congress
spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also attended the programme.