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JIH launches peace & humanity campaign

New Delhi: In the backdrop of the growing communal rift in the society, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind's nationwide campaign for peace and humanity was launched here on 20 August. Leaders of different religions came together on one stage and in one voice they supported the need for peace and humanity in the society.

Inaugural function of JIH’s campaign

Speaking at the inaugural session here, eminent social activist Prof. Ram Puniyani said, "the situation is worsening. Communalism of all religious groups is bad. Today communalism of Hindus calls itself nationalism. Gau Raksha is a political tool. He said, "Today lots of wrong things are being spread against Muslims and Christians. Therefore, common people need to be approached in order to remove their misunderstandings."

In his presidential address, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Maulana Syed Jalauddin Umari said, "Peace and security is an essential need for our people to prosper and for India to march ahead on the path of development." Condemning attacks on people in the name of cow protection, Umari said, "while the PM has himself said that 85 per cent of all those engaging in violence in the name of cow protection are criminals, the impact of his statement has not yet percolated to the ground."

Eminent social activist Dr Sandeep Pandey highlighted the division in the society in post-Gujarat riots. He said, "One partition took place in 1947 but the second one has now taken place in Gujarat where Hindu areas have no Muslim residents and Muslim areas have no Hindu residents. There is an urgent need to promote cohabitation where all should reside together. They are creating walls in minds. Efforts are being made to divide us and incite violence."

Speaking on the occasion, Dr John Dayal, Secretary-General of the All India Christian Council, said that it should be clear that minorities are not seeking unity against Hindus. There is no default religion of India, but what happens at the launch of a warplane or a government project, is open for all to see. He went on to say, "There is a need to revive the spirit of the Constitution. We want rights of equality. There is no difference between my patriotism and your patriotism."

Other speakers included Ayodhya peace activist Yugal Kishor Shastri, Syed Sadatullah Hussain, vice president of JIH and national convener of the campaign, and the Jain community's Kastur Muni, patron of Vishwa Ahimsa Sangh. On this occasion, JIH conferred Sadbhavana Awards upon four persons for their outstanding work in the field of communal harmony: Ram Puniyani, Sandeep Pandey, JS Bandukwala and Yugal Kishore Shastri.