"As 1993 began,
communal violence returned to India, sparked by the Controversy over a
16th centrury mosque said to stand on the ruins of an ancient Hindu
temple honouring Lord Rama" It may be said that fundamentalism
and pluralism pose the two challenges that people of all religious
traditions face .....
A neutral perception of the requirement for communal harmony is to be
found in the Baha'i Faith.
In a booklet, "Communal Harmony - India's Greatest
Challenge" it is stated: "lasting harmony
between heterogeneous communities can only come through a recognition
of the oneness of mankind, a realisation that differences that divide
us along ethnic and religious lines have no foundation. Just as there
are no boundaries drawn on the earth of seperate nations, distingtions
of social, economic, ethnic and religious identity imposed by peoples
are artificial; they have only benefited those with vested interests.
On the other hand, naturally occuring diverse regions on the planet,
or the country, such as mountains and plains, each have unique benefits.
The diversity created by God has infinite value, while distinctions
imposed by man have no substance."
We conclude with the fervent hope that communal harmony, peace and
tranquillity would soon decend in the land of Mahatma Gandhi,
Father of the Nation, whose favourite bhajan was,
"Ishwar and Allah are both your names, Oh God! Grant this
wisdom to all."