The convergence of diverse streams proved a confluence of ideas to arrive at a common goal – communal harmony.
NEW DELHI – It was the rare sight that truly represents the character of our nationhood – unity in diversity – when leaders from all religious denominations came together on a single platform. The occasion was an all-important ‘sadbhawana sammelan’ (literally translated goodwill meeting). Held under the auspices of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind at its headquarters in New Delhi, the meeting was chaired by Jamiat chief Maulana Mahmood Madani.
This sammelan was marked by a meeting of minds among diverse religious leaderships and a consensus on a united front against the growing hatred in the country. Attended by the National Convener of Bharatiya Sarva Dharma Sansad, Sushil G. Maharaj, Acharya Lokesh Mani, President of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati, and famous religious leader of Ravi Das Samaj, Swaji Vir Singh Hatkari Maharaj, Buddhist Guru Acharya Yeshi Phon Tosk, Pastor Maurish Parker and others, the convergence of diverse streams proved a confluence of ideas to arrive at a common goal – communal harmony.
The entire gathering collectively expressed concern over the current state of affairs in the country when the inter-religion relationship is at the lowest ebb. They all agreed that the protection of India’s composite nationalism and common cultural ethos is everyone’s responsibility. They all agreed that forces inimical to social harmony are actively spreading hatred posing a grave threat to the very existence of the country’s nationhood. Under the circumstances, it is the responsibility of every peace loving citizen of the country to become a vanguard of unity and harmony.
In his special address on the occasion, Goswami Sushilji Maharaj, National Convener, Sarvodharma Sansad, said India today is at a point where such a movement is required more than ever before. Today the battle is to save the common civilization of the country.
Expressing deep anguish over the outrageous TV debates, he said that the media had poisoned society by creating a dangerous atmosphere of communalism in the country. He, however, asserted that those who want to break the country will never succeed in their sinister designs. India belongs to everyone and will remain for everyone forever. Everyone has made sacrifices for this country which reflects on the positive role played by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind for the last one hundred years in the country. Therefore, no one can question the loyalty of any citizen.
In his presidential address, Maulana Mahmood Madani described the gathering as the soul of India.
He said the current situation won’t be detrimental to any one community, but to the country itself. On the one hand, we are dreaming of becoming Vishwa Guru (world leader), while on the other, there is an attempt to tarnish India’s image and heritage. Those who speak for friendship are being side-lined.
He said that the hatred cannot be done away with by matching with the hatred, but it can be eliminated by spreading love. “Revenge or reaction has no place in Islam or humanity. I am very happy that the soul of India and the leaders of all religions have gathered here in such difficult times. We are grateful to all of them for taking time off for this noble mission. “Take this message forward. We have to reach out to those who have fallen prey to misunderstandings and hatred and who have become tools of those who spread hatred.”
Acharya Lokesh Muni said Dharma teaches to combine, not to break away. He said, “Maulana Madani Sahib is a social engineer who can unite the whole country. We expect him to take forward this message to Kashi, Ayodhya and Ajmer.”
Speaking on the occasion, famous religious leader from the Ravidas community, Swaji Veer Singh Hatkari Maharaj, said that religion does not teach intolerance.
Shri Acharya Yashi Phon Tosk, a religious leader of the Buddhist community, said every religious leader should strive to end religious hatred. The scope of respect for humanity should be broadened and should have no barriers.
Sardar Manpreet Singh Singh Ji pointed out that the media has no locus standi to call any person and present him as dharma guru. Referring to Guru Nanak Ji, he said, “We are not against any dharma (religion), but oppression in the name of dharma. The most important dharma is mutual love. Today, we are all connected; there can be no better day than this.
At the beginning of the sammelan, Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi, General Secretary of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, said: “I have high regard for all the participants who spared their time to unite the heart of people belonging to different communities. And this task is not so easy. We are all ready to sacrifice everything for our country. And this feeling only unites us. For the last several centuries, communal harmony and unity has existed in this country where different languages and cultures exist. Our organisation has a glorious history of serving humanity for the last hundred years. Since its inception, this organisation has stood for unity and brotherhood.