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Communal Harmony

Author National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of India
Title of item
Communal Harmony
Subtitle of item
India's Greatest Challenge
Date of this edition 1993(?)/2015
Permission Open copyright (see Baha'i Reference Library sharing terms, BIC copyright statement, and uhj_permission_electronic_texts)
Posted 2020-06-14 by Arjen Bolhuis
Classified in Documents from National Spiritual Assemblies
Abstract A formal statement from the NSA of the Bahá'ís of India on the need to overcome religious, linguistic and caste-based tensions.
Notes Mirrored from Times of India: The Speaking Tree, Part 1 and Part 2 (2015).

The date of this document is not yet known. The blog posts (links above) are dated October 2015, but this interview notes:

    "In 1992, there was a serious problem caused by the demolition of the mosque in the city of Ayodhya which caused communal riots throughout the country. In response, the Baha’i community issued a statement that highlighted a central theme: “communal harmony—India’s greatest challenge.” In this statement, the whole issue of religious conflict and the importance of harmony and peacebuilding were emphasized in a 6 to 7 page statement written in English. This statement was later translated into most of the official languages of India. We distributed this to Ministers, bureaucrats, district county workers, the superintendent of police, NGOS, and faith communities."
The Ayodhya riots happened on 6 December 1992 (see background on Wikipedia, Ayodhya dispute and Communalism in South Asia) and the court decision was on 24 October 1994, and states "as 1993 began, communal violence returned to India" which would indicate that this document was likely written in 1993 or 1994.
Tags Caste system; Change (general); Christianity; Communal harmony; Communalism; Conflict resolution; Cultural diversity; Ethics; Ethnic divisions; Hinduism; Interfaith dialogue; Interpretation; Islam; Marriage; Migration; National Spiritual Assembly, statements; Peace; Prejudice; Public discourse; Science; Sikhism; Social action; Social and economic development; Social change; Statements; Superstition; Transformation; Unity; Unity in diversity; Unity of religion; Wealth and poverty
Locations India; South Asia
Cross-referencesSee also One Country: Supreme Court of India highlights Baha'i views on communal tolerance (1994), and UHJ: Ruling of Supreme Court in India Citing the Bahá’í Teachings as a Guideline for Resolving Disputes (1995), and Berkley Center: Discussion with Farida Vahedi of the NSA of India (2011), and UHJ: Letter to the World's Religious Leaders (2002).
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