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26/11 anniversary | ‘Interfaith dialogue starting point for peace’

26/11 anniversary | ‘Interfaith dialogue starting point for peace’

26/11 anniversary | ‘Interfaith dialogue starting point for peace’Jewish, Sikh, Jain, Zoroastrian people share a platform

An interfaith dialogue on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks saw members of the Jewish, Sikh, Jain, Zoroastrian and other communities share a platform to discuss peace and harmony. The event organised by the Jewish community and the Rotary Club of Bombay on Sunday emphasised the power of good thoughts and inner peace as key to achieve overall peace.

“We must concentrate on the commonalities of all religions and not criticise other religions,” said Rabbi Ezekiel Malekar, honorary secretary of the Judah Hyam Synagogue in Delhi. “There has to be intra-faith harmony along with interfaith harmony,” he said.

Sikh community member Satinderpal Singh Ahluwalia said one has to be so strong that no one is able to disturb one’s inner peace.

Dr. Homi Dhalla founder and president of the Cultural Foundation of the Zarathustra World said that issues like education, women empowerment, and poverty have to be addressed to achieve peace. He also cited positive examples of togetherness, wherein some mosques in India are being looked after by Hindus and some temples looked after by Muslims.

Consul General of Israel Yaakov Finkelstein was also present. Relatives of Vijay Salaskar, who was killed in the 26/11 terror attack, and fireman Moses Pugaonkar, who was presented the President’s fire service medal, were honoured.

“We have begun a mission to introduce the subject of goodwill and peace. This dialogue was the starting point,” Jewish community member Ralphy Jhirad said.

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