Ravi Shankar appeals for peace in OrissaOctober 15th, 2008 - 3:51 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Oct 15 (IANS) Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has urged people in Orissa to maintain India’s long history of peaceful coexistence, with anti-Christian violence claiming 36 lives and leaving thousands homeless in the state since late August.”India has a long history of peaceful coexistence among different communities and faiths. This tradition has to be maintained at all cost,” Sri Sri, the founder of the NGO Art of Living, said Tuesday through a videoconference with different community leaders.
He also appealed against politicisation of the issue. “It becomes difficult to resolve issues of this nature if they get politicised,” he said.
Communal tension flared up in Orissa’s Kandhamal district in late August after the killing of a Hindu leader and attacks on Christians and their property have continued. The latest casualty was reported Tuesday, the day Sri Sri held the videoconference.
District collector Krishan Kumar told IANS that Sri Sri discussed measures to restore normalcy and rebuild trust among people from different communities.
Sri Sri urged all leaders to cooperate with civil society in uniting people so that those taking refuge in relief camps feel safe enough to return home.
The videoconference was attended by district collector Krishan Kumar, Kui Samaj Coordination Committee chairman Lambodhar Kahar, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ajit Patnaik and local Schedule Caste leader Bramhanand Dhera and Pramod Mandal, president of the Oriya Baptist Church.
They also adopted a resolution to appeal for peace and urged the government to stop arrests without proper evidence.
Art of Living which has a presence in over 140 countries.
- Christmas celebrations pass off peacefully in Orissa - Dec 25, 2010
- Malkangiri Collector kidnapping: Talks on with Maoists - Feb 18, 2011
- Security tightened in Orissa for peaceful Christmas - Dec 24, 2010
- Apex court upbraids Orissa government on Kandhamal relief - Aug 12, 2011
- Controversial 'Kumbh' focusing on conversion begins in Madhya Pradesh - Feb 10, 2011
- Board exams nearing, but schools in Kandhamal turned into relief camps - Oct 27, 2008
- Midnight Christmas mass passes off peacefully in Kandhamal - Dec 25, 2008
- Convicted BJP legislator gets bail in Kandhamal murder - Mar 18, 2011
- Church of North India deplores attack on church in Kashmir over Quran desecration - Sep 15, 2010
- Christmas celebrated with fervour in Meghalaya - Dec 25, 2011
- BJP legislator surrenders after apex court rejects bail - Mar 09, 2011
- Extra policemen in Kandhamal for trouble-free Christmas - Dec 22, 2009
- Uproar in Orissa assembly over Collector's abduction - Feb 18, 2011
- Orissa gives subsidised rice to riots victims - Oct 25, 2010
- Kerala court stays Varkala poll cancellation order (Lead) - Aug 21, 2012