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‘Literature for Peace’ campaign concludes

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Noble message: Participants at the ‘Literature for Peace’ campaign, organised by ‘Shanthi Prakashana’, on Sunday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
Noble message: Participants at the ‘Literature for Peace’ campaign, organised by ‘Shanthi Prakashana’, on Sunday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

‘Literature for Peace’, a month-long State-level campaign of the publishing house ‘Shanthi Prakashana’, organised as part of its silver jubilee celebrations, culminated with a programme held here on Sunday.

Speaking on the last day of the programme, Mohammed Kunhi, manager, Shanthi Prakashana, said: “Islam was a secretive, unfamiliar and puzzling religion for Karnataka; there were no media that could take Islam’s message to the people. Not all Muslims in the State speak Urdu as their mother tongue, which gives rise to wrong perceptions. Shanthi Prakashana is fulfilling that role — of a medium that can take the message of Islam to Kannadigas.”

N. Shivanubhava Shivarudra Swami of the Belimatha Mahasamsthana, also echoed this view, and said there was no point in blaming others for the problems in the world. “Let us purify our own thoughts and actions,” he added.

The former Union Minister and Congress leader, C.M. Ibrahim, who also participated in the concluding programme, said: “politicians do not fight for any religion; their fight is for the power.” He also pointed out that Islam says one must always ‘give’ to others, regardless of a person’s religion. “In fact, Islam says: give a little of what God has given to you to them,” he added.

Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority Mukhyamantri Chandru praised the efforts of Shanthi Prakashana for publishing books in Kannada for 25 years. He also hailed madrasas for teaching Kannada to students.

Siddalingaiah, writer and director of the Ambedkar Study and Research Centre, Bangalore University, also commended the publishing house for “using literature to promote peace, rather than justice and struggle, for which literature is usually used as a medium.”

He also recommended to the KDA to award some of the books published by Shanthi Prakashana.

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Great Effort by Shanthi Prakashana to “Let us purify our own thoughts and actions,”. Muslim minority suffers in all...make Jihad against terrorism, greatest jihad (steadfast) is nothing but kill ravan within u & control your evil desire. We are suffering from terrorism, roits, innocents arrested by police just for suspect, no proper hearing to clear the innocents & no proper judgement in roits victims (who loses lives, 100s of gang rapes hidden within & verdict goes on decade decade...ISLAM SAYS: EDUCATE YOURSELF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE & LIVE IN PEACE...HELP THE NEEDY - RESPECT ALL HUMANKIND...

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