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“Religious Leaders Should Promote Trust, Human Dignity and Freedom”: Bishop

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altDharmasthala, Dec. 05: “Religious leaders should promote mutual trust, human dignity and freedom”, said Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary.

He was speaking at the annual all-religious meet organized on the occasion of the Lakshadeepotsava (lakh lamps festival) at Dharmasthala here on Saturday December 4.

“God has created all humans in equal dignity and freedom. Therefore, all religions must fight the forces which curb human dignity and freedom through social evils such as caste discrimination, violence and corruption”, Bishop declared.

“Human life is for inter-being, for mutuality and communion. Hence, all walls of hatred, mistrust and disrespect should be pulled down by all religious leaders”, Bishop added.

Sighting the example of Christ, Bishop D’Souza urged all leaders to sensitize their followers to the plight of the Dalits, physically challenged and the economically poor sections of the society.

“Religious leaders should reach out to each other, build bridges between religious followers; thus fostering a more harmonious society, where people live in dignity and freedom”, urged Bishop of Bellary.

“Religions are a great motivating force. They need to motivate their followers to serve the society through education, healthcare, promotion of human rights of Dalits, women and children”, Bishop stated.

Earlier inaugurating the meet, Shivaraj V Patil, retired judge of Supreme Court of India regretted that due to the still-prevailing black  marks such as caste-discrimination, poverty, corruption and the like, the values and ethics which were initially framed in the Constitution for the well-being of the country and its citizens have not attained its purpose.

“Respecting every living being is the essence of any religion and motivating the people to lead honest life is what true religion is all about”, said Sri Avadheshananda Giri Maharaj, founder of Prabhu Premi Sangha, Haryana.

Puttur Maulavi U K Abdul Aziz Darimi urged that all religious followers should respect each other and foster tolerance in the society.

Scholar P Anantaraj Indra spoke on the need of fostering non-violence and kindness to fellow human beings in the society.

Earlier, Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade in his welcome speech stressed on the need of building a strong India on the sound principles of religious tolerance and mutual respect.

Later, Sheela Unnikrishnan and troupe of Chennai presented a dance ballet at the cultural programme held in the evening. [Picture: courtesy daijiworld]

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