Terrorism developed due to conflicts between Islam and Christianity. Despite repeated warnings by India about Pakistan backed terrorism, America was not ready to listen to India and it continued to support Pakistan. It is only after the attack on World Trade Tower on September 9, 2001, that it resolved to eliminate it from the world and also in this task asked for India’shelp, said RSS Sarsanghchalak, Shri K.S. Sudarshan.
About the American attack on Iraq, the Sarsanghchalak said America is caught in a web in Iraq and it wants to drag India also into it. He appreciated the Government of India’sstand on the issue by not getting involved into it.
India has rightly told America that it would start any reconstruction work in Iraq only under the supervision of UNO and not under the American supervision, he said.
?At the time of growing conflict among civilisations especially between Islam and Christianity world over, only the Hindu way of life, which ensures peace and brotherhood through its centuries-old concept of unity in diversity, can restore peace?, he added. There are strong possibilities of using sophisticated weapons of mass destruction in the conflict as has been witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan recently. If it happens the whole world will be destroyed within a matter of seconds. Need of the hour is to bring forth the Hindu concept of unity in diversity before the world to save it from destruction.
Shri K.S. Sudarshan was delivering the first Chamanlal memorial lecture on ?Inter-relation among civilisations in the perspective of 21st century?, organised in New Delhi by the International Centre for Cultural Studies on the first death anniversary of the former Sangh Pracharak.
Union Human Resources Development Minister, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi presided. The Centre also announced two research scholarships named after Shrikrishan Bhide and Chamanlalji.
Referring to the predictions of western scholars that the 21st century would witness conflicts among civilisations, the Sarsanghchalak rejected it and said that it could be the century of peace, unity and brotherhood if the world accepts the Indian concept of unity in diversity. Quoting great Indian thinkers like Vivekananda, Maharishi Aurbindo and others, he said that India’srole to lead the world would begin from 2011. Therefore all Indians need to be fully prepared to bear the gigantic responsibility so that the whole world could be tied in the tag of unity and fraternity, he said.
The Sarsanghchalak urged the leaders of Islam and Christianity not to insist on their so-called ?religious exclusiveness? and accept the Indian view of unity in diversity. He pointed out that the process of thinking in this regard has already begun in some of the Islamic and Christian countries. They have now started realising that both the religions need to be moderate and reforms oriented. Referring to the sale of nuclear know-how by Pakistani scientist Kadir Khan to some of the Islamic countries, the Sarsanghchalak cautioned that people like Kadir Khan can leak such sensitive technology of mass destruction to anyone including terrorists, which could bring about destruction to the whole world.
Union HRD Minister, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi said it was wrong to call this century the 21st century. He said Indian civilisation is not just 2000 years old but it is more than 7000 years old that has been established by evidences. Therefore it should be called the 70th century, he emphasised. ?Today while discussing the inter-relation among civilisations we also need to think how to decide how old one civilization is. Posing the question whether there was no science, culture, literature or civiliaation in India 2000 years ago he said that fact is that just the Indian astronomy is more than 6500 years old. The issue whether this century be called the 21st century or something else needs a serious debate,? he said. Dr Joshi emphasised that only a holistic approach can resolve the problems of the world.
President of Antarrashtriya Sahayog Parishad, Baleshwar Aggrawal and industrialist Jaiprakash Aggrawal highlighted the life and work of Shri Chamanlalji. Apart from a number of foreign diplomats hundreds of distinguished people of Delhi attended the lecture.
– Shri K.S. Sudarshan at Chamanlal Memorial Lecture