Civil movement needed to fight religious hatred, say experts

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New Delhi, Oct 1 (UNI) Calling for a 'civil movement' to fight religious hatred, leaders from different communities today said self-introspection was key to end this madness which was engulfing the nation of late.

Speaking at a symposium on recent riots in Kandhamal, Swami Agnivesh said terrorism was dangerous for the country, but worse was religious hatred that was fanning communal feeling among the youth of the nation.

''One should regularise self-introspection in oneself,'' he said adding that more than terrorism, religious hatred was dangerous for the country which was building up in the minds of the people of India.

Former supercop K P S Gill, in his comments, said civil society was being misled and misguided by wrong analysis of situations.

Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Maulana Mufti Mohd Mukaram, said creating such situations were purely political tactics for personal gains.

Meanwhile, renowned evangelist Dr K A Paul, addressing the media, said pro-active approach was needed to solve the Kandhamal issue that has carried on for nearly a month.

He said the nation needed peace and tranquility to prosper and progress and for this violence must stop, wherever it may be - in Orissa, Karnataka or Delhi.

Dr Paul will tomorrow lead a rally to protest the ongoing violence against minorities in the country.

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