The Poona Diocese organised an inter-religious programme,Religion and Faith,at Eichstatt Hall,Bishops House on Wednesday.
I have called upon religious leaders to address the burning issues of today. There was an attack in Nairobi,there are atrocities against women taking place every minute,theres a war in Syria; what are the religious leaders doing about this? asked Bishop of Poona Rt Rev Thomas Dabre. He believes that leaders from every religion must get together to talk about these issues and address their followers on the same.
The speakers at the programme included Ashok Kamat,ex-director of Namdev Adhyasan; Pune University professor Anees Chisti; Mukund Sangoram,editor of Loksatta; Chitra Sreedharan,faculty at Fergusson College and visiting professor at Pune University; Kabraji Kersee,a Zoroastrian scholar; and Bhante Anuruddho,a Buddhist scholar.
The theme of the meet was to find a solution to the global issues of today,such as terrorist attacks,communal riots,intolerance among various religions and revengeful attitude for dealing with any kind of injustice. An eye for an eye has become the motto of the day. But people fail to see that an eye for an eye will make the world blind. That is why we have to ask what is the purpose of religion and faith? How should people of religion behave? Does our religion teach us to deal with problems in life? When we feel wrong has been done to us,how should we deal with that? Go on a rampage? When we feel injustice is done to us,how should we deal with that? Turn violent? Or murder? Religion must teach us to solve our problems with a cool head,to be patient,to forgive and not to be revengeful and vindictive, said Dabre.
He gave recent examples such as the riots in Muzaffarnagar in UP last month and the attack on security personnel and property over demolition of an unauthorised structure for religious education at Ramtekdi on Tuesday.