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Rebuild communities devastated by India's religious violence: Zed

New Delhi, Fri, 24 Oct 2008 NI Wire

Let us stop hating in God’s name, initiate dialogue, ensure communal harmony and rebuild the devastated communities, acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed stated in Nevada (USA) today.

Commenting on the recent outbreak of religious violence in parts of India, Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that as all major religions claimed non-violence as the greatest of all virtues and peace lied at the heart of their traditions, so let us have a peaceful and loving inter-relationship and work for the benefit of all.

Zed further pointed out that national, state, and local governments in India should treat the violent crime strictly according to the existing rules, taking swift action without any political, religious, or other bias/agenda. It was important to bring criminals to the book so that all communities felt secured. Measures should be put in place so that this kind of violence did not reappear.

Rajan Zed argued that there were reportedly lots of underlying factors leading up to these conflicts, including poverty, illiteracy, class conflicts, socio-economic and tribal/ethnic tensions. Government should launch various development projects in the affected areas to bring these at par with rest of the nation.

Protection of the religious freedom and underprivileged classes was the duty of all governments who should make sure that ordinary conflicts did not turn into religious wars. Vast majority of the people of India lived in peaceful coexistence and the small number of bigots should not be allowed to tarnish its longstanding image of a tolerant society, Zed said.

Various religions were just different human reactions to the divine Reality. Let us lift our eyes from own selfish affairs to some higher ideal. Dialogue helped us overcome the caricatures and prejudices. Let us learn from each other and live amicably with each other as we were advancing in the same direction, Rajan Zed added.

Zed warned that India should wake up to the magnitude of poverty that was a monumental crisis and biggest challenge facing India today and it should be dealt at an emergency level.

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