Hindus Urge Religious Solidarity On Poverty Front

December 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Track India


Lauding Pope's call on fighting poverty, Hindus have urged all religions to come together on this issue and make poverty eradication a moral priority.

US based Hindu religious leader Rajan Zed, in a statement, said that poverty was a monumental crisis and biggest challenge facing world today and it shoulbe dealt at an emergency level.

All religions should join hands to hone a common ground to deal with this grave crisis in the most effective way.

Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, agreed with Pope Benedictus XVI's message under "Fighting Poverty to Build Peace" on World Day of Peace (January 1) posted at Vatican website, which said, "...we all share in a single divine plan: we are called to form one family in which all – individuals, peoples and nations – model their behaviour according to the principles of fraternity and responsibility."

Rajan Zed pointed out that world religions should develop a global partnership to stamp out hunger and poverty, promote gender parity, battle AIDS and other diseases, bring about environment sustainability, and ensure universal basic education. As all the faith traditions told us to help the poor, so we as world's religious leaders should give priority to the needs of the poor.