Leaders from different religions come together for Peace, Humanity
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net,
New Delhi, August 20: In the backdrop of the growing communal rift in the society, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind's call for Peace and Humanity witnessed leaders of different religions coming together on one stage here on Saturday. In one voice, they supported the need for an intensive campaign for establishment of peace and humanity in the society.
Speaking at the inaugural of Jamaat's 15-day nationwide Peace & Humanity campaign (21 Aug - 3 Sep), eminent social activist and writer Ram Puniyani said: Situation is worsening. Communalism of all religious groups is bad. Today communalism of Hindus calls itself nationalism. Gau Raksha is a political tool.
Supporting the campaign, he said: "Today lots of wrong things are being spread against Muslims and Christians. Therefore, common people need to be approached in order to remove their misunderstandings."
Representing the Jain community, Kastur Muni, patron of Vishwa Ahimsa Sangh said, "Our thoughts and words should not trouble others; they in fact should please us and others."
Speaking on the occasion, Dr John Dayal, spokesman of the United Christian Forum said that it should be clear that minorities are not seeking unity against Hindus. There is no default religion of India; but what happens at the launch of a war plane or a government project, is open for all to see.
Dr Dayal, who has served as president of the All India Catholic Union and former Secretary-General of All India Christian Council, stressed to revive spirit of Constitution of India.
"There is a need to revive spirit of Constitution; we want rights of equality. There is no difference between my patriotism and your patriotism," he said referring to incidents where saffron groups and leaders have questioned patriotism of Muslims and Christians.
Dr Sandeep Pandey being conferred Sadbhavana Award by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind at the inaugural of Peace & Humanity campaign in New Delhi on 20 Aug 2016.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Syed Saadatullah Hussain, vice president of Jamaat and national convenor of the campaign, said, "Some forces want to divide the society; they actually want to push the society to a civil war. This is dangerous indications and all people who believe in peace and humanity must stand up to save the society and the country."
In his speech, Navaid Hamid, national president of All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat, strongly criticized Sangh ideology. "Sangh is not an institution; it is actually an ideology. As long as this ideology persists, peace and humanity will remain in danger. Until and unless this ideology is crushed, peace can't be established in the society," said Hamid.
He also criticized the upcoming New Education Policy formulated by the current BJP-led NDA government.
Magsaysay awardee and eminent social activist Dr Sandeep Pandey highlighted the division in the society in Gujarat post 2002 riots.
"One partition took place in 1947 but the second one has now taken place in Gujarat - where Hindu areas have no Muslim resident and Muslim areas have no Hindu resident."
"There is an urgent need to promote co-habitation where all should reside together. They are creating walls in minds. Efforts are being made to divide us and incite violence," he said.
Ayodhya saint and peace activist Yugalkishore Shastri also spoke on the occasion.
At the end, Jamaat conferred Sadbhavana Award upon four persons for their outstanding work in the field of communal harmony. The awardees were Ram Puniyani (Mumbai), Sandeep Pandey (Lucknow), JS Bandukwala (Vadodara) and Yugalkishore Shastri (Ayodhya).