Debating India


RSS chief hails moderates’ initiative

Sunday 8 February 2004

AHMEDABAD: RSS chief K Sudarshan on Sunday said the Sangh has decided to support a new initiative taken by moderate Muslim organisations like Mai Hindustan and Swadeshi Church who wished to shun conservative approach towards religion and social taboos and join the mainstream.

Addressing a huge public meeting here at the end of his three-day visit of the city, he said the movement launched by the Mai Hindustan has evoked good response from educated Muslims all over the country.

"The Muslim women have sought legal protection and demanded that each marriage and divorce should be registered." The moderates have also favoured a common civil code, ban on cow slaughter and stern action against terrorism.

"The clamour for change by the moderates among Muslims and Christians will get support from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which believed that the Muslims and Christians living in India are a part of this nation and should not be treated as minorities", he said.

He lamented that such efforts are foiled by religious leaders and politicians who wished to exploit them for their ulterior political motives.

Sudarshan also exhorted social and religious leaders to uplift Dalits and Adivasis who are a part of the Hindu community and in no circumstances they should be treated as untouchables.

In Gujarat, Narsinh Mehta, Sahajanand Swami and Ravishankar Maharaj have done commendable job for the welfare of the down trodden and now Pramukh Swami and other religious leaders are also championing the same cause and this should be supported by all.

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