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Muslim, Christian leaders meet in Goa, discuss national issues

Panaji (Goa): Leaders of two eminent Muslim and Christian organisations had a cordial interaction here on 28 June discussing issues facing the country like protection of secularism and constitution of the country.

Mohammad Salim Engineer, National Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, during his two-day visit to the state for organisational meetings, led a delegation to the head office of the Council for Social Justice & Peace, Goa's esteemed Christian body. He met Fr. Savio Fernandes and other leaders of the Christian community.

Fr. Fernandes welcomed Salim Engineer and other leaders and had a cordial interaction on issues facing the nation. Jamaat leader suggested that all social, secular and religious organisations should work with unity and co-operation to safeguard the constitution and promote equality and justice. Commenting on the Central government's decision to allow FDI in the defence sector, he said that this will threaten the independence and security of India. He said concerned individuals and especially organisations should act as a pressure group and keep watch over the policies and laws made by the new government. He said the recent political victory of the BJP with only 31% of the vote share has compelled the civil society to be more vigilant and any anti-people policy decision and tinkering with the constitution needs to be checked democratically.

During the interaction, all agreed on the point that it is the duty of the elected representatives to come to the people rather than for the public to be waiting at their doorsteps and begging for their problems to be addressed.

The interaction was fruitful in cementing the idea of mutual co-operation between all peace-loving people for the overall development of the society and to free it from hatred and conflict. (indiatomorrow.net) Picture: Fr. Savio Fernandes (extreme left) & M Salim Engineer (extreme right)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2014 on page no. 13

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