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Ram of Hindutva Vs Ram of Saint Kabir: Festival to highlight the difference

Monday, September 27, 2010 03:57:34 PM, Staff Reporter

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Pune: Coinciding with the moment when the entire attention of the country is on Ayodhya verdict to be declared later in the week and to counter the image of Ram portrayed by the Hindutva brigade, All India Secular Forum (AISF) in its second convention held in Pune has decided to hold a three-day festival on the Ram described and propagated by renowned Saint, Kabir Daas.


"The Ram of Saint Kabir is totally opposite to that portrayed by the Hindutva Forces in the country", Dr. Ram Puniyani said while addressing the second day of the All India Secular Forum's state level convention September 25.


"The Ram of Saint Kabir is for peace, harmony, justice and equality. What the Saffron Brigade is doing in the name of Ram is totally different", he added.


"We cannot expect from these forces to highlight the values for which Ram stood for. For, it doesn't fit their political agenda, which is based on hatred, inequality and injustice", Dr. Ram added while explaining the reasons to organise the festival.


The festival that would be held in Mumbai from January 21-23 will target the students besides the general masses. A similar kind of festival was earlier organized in Pune by Rakesh Ganguly.


'India's future lies in secularism'

Echoing the same lines, Bishop Thomas Dabre, who heads the 35 Churches in Pune district, while addressing the last day of the convention, said that the mindset of the Indian masses is actually secular and they stand for peace and harmony.


"The vast majority of the Indians is secular and peace-loving, and has a strong belief in secular values", he said.


Recalling how he was honoured by a Muslim family after he decided to become a Priest, the Bishop said, "The first reception given to me immediately after I decided to become a Christian Priest was by the father of my classmate who was a Muslim. The incident itself is an indication of how the people in this country think and work."


"However", he added, "One cannot ignore the fact that there are certainly the people - though in a very small number, who are always up in arms against these secular values and try to disrupt peace and create enmity between the communities."


All India Secular Forum (AISF) is working for communal harmony and has a presence in 12 states. Its first Maharashtra convention was held in Nagpur in March 2009. The two day second seminar held in Pune is coordinated by Neha Debhadeof Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (IPSCR).







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