Sunday, 30 October 2011

Strange Bedfellows.

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.
It is said that Politics makes strange bedfellows. One such mismatched pair is of the RSS ideologue KC Sudarshan and the Shi'ite Maulwi Kalbe Sadiq of the AIMPLB. The two met in Lucknow to "push for electoral reforms". The news piece is here:

RSS ideologue and Muslim cleric bat for electoral reforms

By Faisal Fareed,

Lucknow: Former Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief KC Sudarshan and Dr Kalbe Sadiq vice-president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) met on Sunday in Lucknow and agreed on pushing and campaigning for electoral reforms.
In a joint statement, both of them urged the countrymen to place country's interests before religion. Issuing an appeal they stated that people should vote for a candidate during elections on the basis of his qualification and clean background and not on religious lines. Sudarshan also favored election by majority (with 50% votes) and also right to recall.
During the parleys, the two leaders focused mainly on Hindu-Muslim unity with Dr Sadiq stating that certain shlokas in Gita convey the same spirit as Quran's verses. "I accompanied an Iranian delegation during a visit to a temple in Varanasi. I translated a shloaka from Gita inscribed on the gate in Persian to the delegation. They were surprised as there were Quran's verses with same meaning," he said to which Sudarshan nodded his head.

Wa'laykum Salam.

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