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All-religion meeting draws up joint declaration to promote amity

In harmony: Leaders of different religions assemble for a meeting organised by Major Archbishop of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church Mar Baselios Cleemis on Saturday. — Photo: C.Ratheesh kumar
In harmony: Leaders of different religions assemble for a meeting organised by Major Archbishop of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church Mar Baselios Cleemis on Saturday. — Photo: C.Ratheesh kumar

All communities in the State should unite to defeat divisive forces that seek to drive a wedge between the people whose diversity of belief has only set them on the path of progress, an all-religion meeting here on Saturday urged.

The meeting, chaired by Major Archbishop of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church Mar Baselios Cleemis, was attended, among others, by Swami Gururatna Janana Tapaswi of the Shanthigiri Ashramam; Archibishop Susai Pakiam; Palayam Imam Maulavi Jamaluddin Mangada; Bishop J. W. Gladstone; and Swami Lokahithananda of the Sree Ramakrishna Ashramam.

Kerala's civil society consists of followers of different faiths. The warm relationship between different faiths is a historical reality in Kerala.

However, it is painful to note that some recent incidents that have the potential to damage this cordial relationship have taken place in the State. Throughout history, whenever such incidents have occurred, Kerala society has stood as one to defeat them. Now too it is essential for the growth and progress of Kerala that all faiths come together to defeat divisive forces.

No community should be isolated on the basis of such stray incidents, a joint declaration of the religious leaders said.

“We appeal to the enlightened people to work for the unity, welfare and progress of our nation, irrespective of their caste, creed or religion,” a joint statement read.

Society is passing through a time and age when it is necessary to rededicate oneself for the cause of national unity. The people should be constantly vigilant against forces seeking to divide them, the statement added.

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