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Need to respect all religions stressed

Good cause: Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, Bishop of Mysore Reverend Thomas Vazhapilly, Mattur Krishnamurthy, Sir Qazi of Mysore Syed Shah Qudrathulla Al-Hussaini Al-Baqavi and Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh at a seminar in Mysore on Tuesday.

Good cause: Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, Bishop of Mysore Reverend Thomas Vazhapilly, Mattur Krishnamurthy, Sir Qazi of Mysore Syed Shah Qudrathulla Al-Hussaini Al-Baqavi and Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh at a seminar in Mysore on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Staff Correspondent

Seminar held on ‘Principles of non-violence for harmony and national integration’



‘It is necessary to maintain communal harmony and work towards building a strong society’

‘It is not right to blame one particular community for the recent communal violence’



MYSORE: Speakers at a seminar on “Principles of non-violence for harmony and national integration”, organised by the city police and Alert Citizen Team in association with the National Foundation for Communal Harmony in Mysore on Tuesday, stressed the need to maintain communal harmony at a time when the country was facing challenges from all quarters.

The seminar was an attempt by the Government to create communal harmony in Udayagiri police station limits, which recently witnessed communal clashes. Each speaker lauded the efforts of the district administration in bridging the gap between different communities.

Inaugurating the seminar, district in charge Minister Shobha Karandlaje said that Mysore was known for harmony between all communities and that people belonging to different communities and religions had lived without any animosity for centuries. “It is better to follow the path tread by our ancestors and work for the holistic development of the society,” she said. Regretting the death of innocent people during the violence, she said that innocent people, who were struggling to eke out a living, lost their lives during the recent violence leaving behind dependents. “Looking at the suffering of the relatives of those who died in the violence, we should stop fighting for frivolous reasons, regardless of the provocation. It is necessary to maintain communal harmony and work towards building a strong and prosperous society,” she said. Padma Shri award winner Mattur Krishnamurthy noted that a combination of religious leaders, fearless media, an honest police force and an enlightened public could do wonders for society and create confidence among the people to face any problem. “The world seems beautiful when one aims big and starts considering all religions equal,” he said.

Underlining the importance of developing religious tolerance, Suttur Math seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji said that it was necessary to respect and understand other religions as this would help bridge the gap between communities and religions. Professor at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre Yejasuddin said that criticising other religions without understanding the essence of their own religion would create friction in society. One had to sacrifice his ego to understand good things in other religions and start respecting them as the very premise of each religion was creating a healthy society.

He noted that it was not right to blame one particular community for the recent communal violence. The Suttur Math swamiji, Sir Qazi of Mysore Syed Shah Qudrathulla Al-Hussaini Al-Baqavi and Bishop of Mysore Reverend Thomas Vazhapilly lit the lamp to mark the inauguration of the seminar. Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh, Commissioner of Police Sunil Agarwal and Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan were present.



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