New Delhi, Apr 13: Everyone living in India is one by ancestors, and traditions. The only difference is in their ways of worship. This difference should not become a point of confrontation between different communities.
These views were expressed at a meeting of the prominent Christian leaders representing various Church denominations and organisations held at New Delhi on April 11. Senior RSS leader and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar interacted with the participants on various national and social issues.
Indresh Kumar said that we should learn to revere each other’s religion and stay away from insulting other religions. The religions differ only in ways of worship but the basic concepts about God, Heaven and Hell etc. remain the same. We should refrain from fundamentalism and try to become true followers of our religions, he added. Let all the 125 crore Indians forget their differences of religion, caste, language etc. and remain united as one people one nation, Indresh Kumar said.
The Christian representatives confessed that they had fear and misconception about RSS in their minds before coming to this meeting. After listening to Indresh Kumar they admitted that their fears and misgivings about the RSS were cleared to a great extent.
They were unanimous on the attitude of Pakistan towards India and dangers posed by the expansionist China. The meeting also expressed apprehensions on religious conversions, drug addiction, pollution, female feticide and other social evils.
The meeting also resolved to celebrate and participate in each other’s religious and social festivals to foster communal harmony and peace. The meeting also agreed upon holding such inter-religious meetings in different parts of the country from time to time.
Prominent among those who participated in the meeting were Rev. Thomas Sebestian, Chairman of National United Christian Front (NUCF), Bishop S Chalapathi, Bishop of Art Churches, Rosi Chelapathi, V V Augustine, former member of National Commission for Minorities and President of Catholic Congress, Bishop Dr Paogin Mangte, Th D, Ph D, General Superintendent of OAPCI and Director-President of Apostolic Biblical Theological Seminary (ABTS) and Patron member of NUCF, Lerone Peter Gonsalves, Working President of National Christian Council and member of East India Association, Advocate K T Thomas, Bombay High Court and member of Catenians’ Association, John Mathew, Member of St. George Orthodox Church Council, and Managing Trustee of Old Age Home and Managing Committee member of Brivali Malayali Samajam, Benny CR, General Secretary of Indian National Organisation for Human Rights Protection, Secretary of Chandigarh Malayali Association and Secretary of Roman Catholic Welfare Association, Adv. Samji Joseph, Advocate Bombay High Court, Animator of Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Kalyan Diocese-Prethenvedi, Cleetus Paul, Social worker Mumbai, Council member of St. Thomas Orthodox Church/ Secretary – Sahar Malyali Samajam, Eva Loreng, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Sri Venkateshwara College, University of Delhi, Abhijeet Loreng, News Reader AIR/ Freelancer Voice Artist, Dr. Divya, Delhi Heart and Lungs Institute, Sam Kutty T.G ( Ex. Council Member of Orthodox Mumbai Diocese/ Ex. Secretary St. Thomas Orthodox Syrian Church & St. Mary’s Church English High School, Malad ~ Mumbai/ Ex. Joint Secretary Youth Movement- Mumbai Diocese, Dony Jose, Travel Coordinator of Kerala Catholic Bishops Council/ State Manager of Malindo Air, Kerala, Saveen Simon, Social Worker~ Kerala/ Principal Consultant of Social Network ILEZA.COM, George Kunjappan, Thane~ Maharashtra/ Founder President of Janjeevan Sahara Samajik Foundation.