Rudy advocates inter-faith dialogue

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Panaji, Oct 12 (UNI) BJP Goa unit in-charge Rajiv Pratap Rudy advocated an inter-faith dialogue between the representatives of all religions in line with the inter-faith dialogue organised at the Vatican in May 2006 by the Pontifical council for Inter-faith Dialogue and the World Council of Churches in Geneva.

Mr Rudy, who was here to attend the BJP state executive committee meeting yesterday at Margao in South Goa, while speaking to reporters, said the inter-faith dialogue between Hindu and Christian communities should cover all aspects of life, including the issue of religious conversion.

''BJP would ask everyone to follow the notification of the convention in letter and spirit,'' Mr Rudy said.

He said BJP is not against Christianity and would like to have a debate on conversions, which has become an major issue.

''We would like to have a dialogue among all religions, all faiths for peaceful co-existence, enshrined in the Constitution of India,'' he observed.

With regard to the nuclear deal, he said under the 123 agreement all the obligations are on India and all the privileges are with the nuclear countries. He said only history will be a witness to the decree of the nations and the fact remains that the US Secretary of State Ms Condoliza Rice has made a categorical statement that India cannot hold nuclear test in the future.

He said this amounts to surrendering of India's sovereignty and added that with no tests in the future, no assured fuel supply and no assured fuel storage, the deal is just an eyewash as far as interest of the nation is concerned.

Commenting on the economic crisis, he said the economy is in turmoil and the government has shown its reaction to the same and is attempting to increase liquidity in the market.

The stock markets are melting in the wake of international crisis, Mr Rudy said and demanded that the government must clear about the situation in the current economic scenario.

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