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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Hindu-Muslim just like Ram & Laxman, says Shankaracharya: Communal Harmony Project-14

When the Shankaracharya and Imams meet, the event should get due attention and media coverage.

Especially, when both sides join hands for the society, unlike politicians who bring Sants or Ulema for political mileage.

The Shankaracharya, Jayendra Saraswati, said that Hindus and Muslims in India have always been like Lord Rama and Laxman and the distance that came up between the communities in the last couple of decades must be bridged back again.

"The mothers of Ram and Laxman were different [Kaushalya and Sumitra], yet the love among Dashrath's sons was unparalleled while Bali and Sugriv were born to the same mother but were enemies", he said referring to Hindu epic Ramayana.

Muftis, Qazis and other Ulema honoured Shankaracharya. Imam Organisation office-bearers said that all issues can be sorted out if religious leaders and community members come together for discussion rather than letting politicians take charge. Sanskrit mantras were chanted along with echos of Allah-O-Akbar in the same function.

All this may be dismissed as rhetoric but the truth is that the mainstream Hindu leaders like Shankaracharyas never got swayed by the right-wing political movements including the Hindutva wave. Else the frenzy created in the 80s-90s may have acquired another level.

It is to their credit, just like some of the major Islamic seminaries who remained calm during the movement. The speakers urged the gathering to revive the ganga-jumni culture and celebrate each others' festivals. The era when Hindus made tazias and Muslims helped in making the Dol, should be recreated.

One of the Shankaracharya's trust in Ayodhya is working for the benefit of Muslims also. He announced that another trust would be soon established to help unemployed Muslim youths through vocational training and assistance for entrepreneurship.

Even cynics must accept that such events do send a message to members of both communities. Jayendra Saraswati is the head of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham in Tamil Nadu. The event was organised to mark his 75th birthday.

[Harmony exists all around us but is often ignored. Instead, stories of hate, discord and communalism get spread easily.

There are a million examples in our daily lives across India but they don't get promoted, hence, news of hate and discord gets heard more. Let's change it, now. This is a small attempt to change it through Communal Harmony Project]

For reading similar reports on this blog, Click the link HERE and also find out more about Communal Harmony Project

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14 comments:

Anonymous said...
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IndiaTimes said...

So this makes the moslems happy. How superficial! Why the rebellious Ulla-O-Akber on this occasion of unity!!

indscribe said...
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Anonymous said...

This sankarchariya is another #&* samiji. Involved in murder case. He broke down in police interrogation and confessed his involvement. It was even shown on TV. He is not fit to talk about Hindu Muslim unity. That too a &&***(&**^&) can't speak like that and should be never trusted. &***

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indscribe said...

I don't know if this makes any one happy or sad. Every one has right to be delighted or get depressed.

But in a society there should be all sorts of gatherings and when there are Muslim alone and Hindu alone events, such conclaves should also be held. And when all goddamn things get reported, such news items can also find space.

Regarding Allah-o-Akbar, it is not rebellious. It means God is Great. Muslim and Hindu soldiers side by side chanted Allah-o-Akbar and Har Har Mahadev when they fought the British in the wake of 1857, which of course some still call a mutiny or rebellion from the British perspective. Do you delibrately use the spellings for Muslims and Allah-o-Akbar!

Anon: Kindly post with your identity and avoid using harsh words for any community.

suds said...

Unlike the uleamas, the Shankaracharyas do not have a wide following. The Kanchi Mutt is a brahminical institution rather than voice of hinduism.There was not a whimper in tamil nadu when he was arrested(rightfully I would think).

May be the Shakaracharya is trying to improve his image by trying to be a bridge between communities.

P.s. Do the uleamas know that the Shankaracharya would have performed special ablutions to cleanse and purify himself after the meeting ;-)

IndiaTimes said...

I asked a Moslem colleague about spellings, and found that there are no rules to be followed, one can write what he pleases without displeasing them. So, I chose to please myself. :) I took hints from ultimate and thought Ulla was more accurate. I think Ukber/Uckber can also do.

sadhogopal said...

Brilliant article and Brother, I completely echo your sentiments.

Hindu-Muslims have always been brother of two different mothers.. and this venom which have crept in..should be discarded.

Imran Mulla said...

@India Times.. go back to school. Learn how to write and read in english and then do the blogging. Do something else in the life other than boring us and rediculing yourself.

IndiaTimes said...

@mulla
Just back from school as you suggested and learned that it should be "mullah". :)
Anyway, just tried to add some fun to this serious nice blog.

Liyaqat Ali said...

Ekta ka raaj chalega, Hindu Muslim Saath Chalega.

We all are brothers.

Aastha said...

Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati is not the right person to represent Hinduism/Vedanta. He himself has a dubious record.
Though the thoughts expressed by the leaders were good...nuclear disarmament and hindu - muslim unity...but this Shankaracharya should not be given this much importance.

Anonymous said...

This is very good news - we need calm and progressive leaders on both sides.

R said...

Way to go! Peace and unity is the way it should be :) Nice blog :D