Religious Tolerance Need of the Hour, Says Antony
By Express News Service | Published: 01st January 2014 09:15 AM |
Defence Minister A K Antony said here on Tuesday that there was need for religious tolerance and not religious terrorism which devastates not only the country but the whole world.
While inaugurating the Sivagiri pilgrimage he said:”Everyone has the right to believe in their religion. But religious tolerance is the need of the hour”.
Noting that there was much division in the society in the name of religion and caste, Antony said that everyone should see that humanism was above religion, caste or party.
He also pointed out that the society was giving prominence to education and it was quite evident from the importance given to education by the Muslim community now. The society has not yet put into practical use most of the teachings of religious leaders, including that of Sree Narayana Guru, he said.
Antony also inaugurated the centenary celebrations of ‘Daiva Dasakam’ (Ten Verses To God - a prayer penned by Sree Narayana Guru). “Sree Narayana Guru was one of the greatest reformers in the state who promoted new values of spiritual freedom and social equality,” he said.
Meanwhile, SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan came out against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for not declaring a holiday for Sivagiri pilgrimage.
“When Antony was the Chief Minister, he had declared a holiday for Thiruvananthapuram District. But Chandy has not responded to the plea of the Yogam as well as the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham Trust. This is a grave negligence,” he said at the function, in the presence of Antony, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi and Food Minister K V Thomas.
Vellappally said that the devotees of Narayana Guru would respond against the negligence. “We will get an opportunity to respond to this negligence,” he said.
Writer M K Sanu was also felicitated at the function. Goa Transport Minister Ramkrishna Sudin Dhavalikar, former Finance Minister Thomas Isaac and Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham Trust president Swami Prakasananda were present.