Udupi, June 26, 2017: Reports are rife that Minister for food and civil supplies and consumer affairs U T Khader on June 25, Sunday hailed the gesture by Sri Vishvesha Tirtha, seer of Paryaya Adhokshaja Math in organizing an iftar meet at Sri Krishna Math, Udupi. Around 100 members of Muslims community took part in the iftar meet held at Annabrahma Hall and later performed namaz in the same hall. The seer later personally served them fruits, juice and snacks in a move aimed at fostering communal amity.
Interacting with media over the traditional Eid lunch hosted by him, Khader said the community needs such meaningful gestures. "Coming from a person of his stature, the gesture will have ripple effect in fostering communal amity not just in the district or the state, but across the country," Khader said adding it is this spirit that leader of Hindu chauvinistic organisations in the district must understand and replicate in true letter and spirit in their own backyard.
Taking a dig at RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat, Khader urged him to foster better relationship between the majority and minority communities in the district and follow the seer’s example. "Instead, Prabhakar Bhat consistently by his words and actions sought to create a divide between two communities," the minister regretted adding the initiative taken by the Paryaya Pejavar seer could well become a national model for all concerned to take note of and emulate.
On perceived lack of such initiatives from elected representatives to foster communal amity, Khader said these events take place at the grass roots level. However, the moment politicians come forward to organize such events, it is viewed politically with opponents questioning the motive and trading accusations. Instead, it is always better if the district administration hosts such meet in the district whenever trust deficit arises amongst communities over issues, he noted.
Making impassionate plea for peace and harmony at all times, Khader said, "We (elected representatives) will bring developments to your door steps as long as you give as peace support in society." More often than not, simmering and critical issues are brought before the elected representatives with each party expecting that the decision is made in their favour, he said adding a section naturally feels aggrieved when a solution trashed out is not to their expectations.