Vikash Sharma

President Droupadi Murmu, who is on a four-day visit to Odisha, on Monday took a stroll at the pristine beach in Puri. President Murmu termed her visit as ‘meditative experience’ as mountains, forests, rivers and seashores not only appeal to something deep within us but these places also bring us in closer touch with the essence of life and remind us that we are part of nature.

Taking to her official X (formerly Twitter) handle, President Droupadi Murmu wrote, “As I walked along the seashore today, I felt a communion with the surroundings – the gentle wind, the roar of the waves, and the immense expanse of water. It was a meditative experience. It brought to me a profound inner peace that I had also felt when I had a darshan of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannathji yesterday. And I am not alone in having such an experience…”

According to President Murmu, people lose this connection with Mother Nature in the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Humankind believes it has mastered nature and is exploiting it for its own short-term benefits. The result is for all to see.

“This summer, many parts of India suffered a terrible series of heatwaves. Extreme weather events have become more frequent around the globe in recent years. The situation is projected to be far worse in the decades to come,”wrote the President.

In her tweet, President Droupadi Murmu said that more than seventy percent of the surface of the earth is made up of oceans, and global warming is leading to a rise in global sea levels, threatening to submerge coastal areas. The oceans and the rich variety of flora and fauna found there have suffered heavily due to different kinds of pollution.

"Fortunately, people living in nature’s lap have sustained traditions that can show us the way. Inhabitants of coastal areas, for example, know the language of the winds and waves of the sea. Following our ancestors, they worship the sea as God," tweeted the President.

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“There are two ways, I believe, to meet the challenge of protection and conservation of the environment; broader steps that can come from governments and international organisations, and smaller, local steps that we can take as citizens. The two are, of course, complementary. Let us pledge to do what we can do – individually, locally – for the sake of a better tomorrow. We owe it to our children,” the President added.

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