“All problems faced by this country today are political and not communal,” said Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, Sankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, at a function held here on Sunday.

The function was held to emphasise communal harmony among the Hindus and Muslims.

The event, organised by the All-India Tanzeem-i-Imam Masjid, was attended by prominent Muslim religious leaders like chairman of the Masjid Umer Ahmed Illyasi and Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind leader Mufti Abdur Razzaq Khan.

Against divide

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kailash Joshi, who was also present, said that the BJP did not believe in communal divide.

Speaking at the Samanvay Bhawan here, the Acharya said: “Hindus and Muslims are not different from each other. Just like Ram and Lakshman, who were sons of different mothers and yet could never be separated, Hindus and Muslims too are like brothers and should stand united.”

He also expressed concern at honorarium for Imams not being disbursed on time and said he would take up the matter with the government.

Mr. Illyasi said the “Sankaracharya is respected not just by the Hindus, but by Muslims too.”

Expressing apprehension at the decline in the quality of life, the Acharya said the “usefulness of our life should be established, and only then the welfare of society could be ensured.”