Communal harmony campaign launched in Mumbai

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Mumbai, July 7 (UNI) A signature campaign for communal harmony - ''Mumbai Meri Jaan'' was launched by a city-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and media house UTV, here today.

Speaking at the launch, former city Sheriff F T Khokariwala said ''Hindu-Muslim unity is the need of the hour. The British divided us, now our leaders have perfected the act. Experience tells me that mindsets have to change. I'm proud to be a Muslim, but am more proud to be an Indian Muslim.'' ''Terrorists may have a political agenda, but they are using communalism to split the country and do not believe in the philosophy of secularism.'' He said that citizens have not been properly galvanized to fight terrorism and need to be trained to support police and authorities at every level.

Presenting a survey carried out on captured Sikh militants, ex-commissioner of police M N Singh said, while only five per cent of the militants were motivated by ideology, the motivation of a staggering 74 per cent was ''fun''.

The campaign launched by 'Citizen's Council for a Better Tomorrow' (CCBT) and UTV, will have 1,000 banners placed at strategic locations across the city for Mumbaikars, who have borne the brunt of the communal riots and also several terrorist attacks that killed and maimed hundreds, to pledge their support. All the banners will be joined together on the independence day from Nariman Point to Chowpatty Beach.

Raising his hat to the city, former city Sheriff Kiran Shantaram said, ''For all that the city has suffered, it is still the safest in the country and its citizens are the most resilient.'' UNI ZC RN RL AS1851

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