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Religious leaders appeal for defeating the politics of ‘divide & rule’ -

Religious leaders appeal for defeating the politics of ‘divide & rule’

01 Oct 2014 05:10 PM, IST

Religious leaders appeal for defeating the politics of ‘divide & rule’
Scholars from different religions at Jamaat-e-Islami Hind program in Jaipur on 28 Sep 2014.


Jaipur, 01 Oct 2014: Leaders and intellectuals from across religious communities have given a call for communal harmony and mutual love. Drawn from different parts of the country for an event here this past Sunday, they urged people to stand up against ‘divide & rule’ tactics of politicians to ensure peace and justice in the society.

They were speaking at a seminar on How to build a society on the basis of justice and morality? on 28th Sep in Jaipur.

Gyani Dhavinder Singh, Member of Delhi Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee said: “It is religion that teaches morality to man. We all are the servants of one Almighty. Then why are there differences? People are diving people for political benefits.”

Speaking at the seminar, eminent human rights activist and writer from Mumbai, Prof. Ram Puniyani said: “Innocents are being killed in the name of religions which teach brotherhood and love. Today Muslims and Christians are being targeted. History of the country is being distorted to spread hatred.” He also said that calling India a Hindu Rashtra is contempt of the Constitution of the country.

“We need to fight the battle of justice by taking people of all weaker sections and religions along. There is a need to spread the message of communal harmony among common people,” said Puniyani.

Gandhian Adv. Prem Kishan Sharma from Delhi said one should not expect justice from those who have come to power through doing injustice. “If those whose hands are sullied with blood come to power how can we expect justice from them?”

Yugal Kishore Shastri, Hindu priest and peace activist in Ayodhya, stressed peace and mutual love and equal representation in government. “Until all communities get equal representation in all departments of government, it will be difficult to resolve the problems,” he said.

He also said: There is a need to spread the atmosphere of love so much so that the borders of our neighbouring countries get submerged in love.

Earlier opening the seminar, Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said Prophet Muhammad had come to establish justice and peace in the society and he did it in his lifetime and set an example for all time to come.

Criticizing acts and policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the centre, he said faith is being preferred to justice.
On one hand, they give a slogan of Sab ka Saath Sab ka Vikas, on the other they are spewing hatred and communal fire, he said.

Jamaat secretary urged leaders of all religions to come out and work together to keep the country from going astray.

“We should create an atmosphere of mutual brotherhood, love and harmony. It is the duty of leaders of all religions to keep the country from going on the wrong path. We should strengthen the foundations on which the nation was built,” he said.

He emphasised the fear of Almighty for one to keep from committing crime. “Only laws cannot prevent people from doing evils. The fear of God is must,” he said.

The seminar was part of the three-day all-Rajasthan conference organized by the state unit of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

In his speech, Mr. Amarnath, a social activist from Jaipur, said no religion teaches enmity. “I wonder from where hatred has crept among Hindus. All religions teach love and harmony.”

Hitting hard at the hate campaign of some leaders of BJP, he said: “Who has given licence to BJP to represent entire Hindu religion?”

“Our politicians are still working on the British policy of divide and rule. The day our countrymen wake up, everything will be changed.”

Presiding over the program, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Omari, national president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, quoted Quran to explain how Islam builds a society on the basis of justice and morality.

He quoted Quran to highlight respect of human life. “If anyone slays a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people,” says Quran.

Jamaat chief said: “If an entire nation stands up for justice, I swear by God that injustice cannot be done with anyone there.” He said Islam does not allow injustice even with enemies.

Keywords : Divide and Rule ,   politics ,   hate campaign  

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