Hindus & Jews want Madonna to take up cause of European Roma apartheid

Nevada, Sept 1, 2009: Hindus and Jews have urged entertainer Madonna to undertake the cause of apartheid of 15-million Roma people of Europe, after she was booed in Romania when she sympathized with them during her August 26 concert.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman; and Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and California in USA; in a statement in Nevada today, said that Madonna, one of the world’s most visible celebrity, would be very effective in focusing public opinion world over on Roma apartheid. Many Hollywood and other entertainment bigwigs had successfully worked against South Africa’s apartheid in the past.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, and Rabbi Freirich, argued that this worthwhile cause would make Madonna’s life more meaningful and would strengthen her spirituality as religions told us to help the helpless.  If she wanted their services in regard to Roma cause, they were willing to support her.

Alarming condition of Roma people was a social blight for Europe and the rest of the world as they reportedly regularly faced social exclusion, racism, substandard education, hostility, joblessness, rampant illness, inadequate housing, lower life expectancy, unrest, living on desperate margins, language barriers, stereotypes, mistrust, rights violations, discrimination, marginalization, appalling living conditions, prejudice, human rights abuse, racist slogans on Internet, etc., Rajan Zed and Rabbi Jonathan Freirich pointed out.

It was like an undeclared apartheid and it was almost total societal exclusion of Roma. The maltreatment of Roma was outside even the European Union norms. Roma issue should be one of the highest priorities of human rights agenda of Europe and world, Zed and Freirich stressed and added that they were hopeful that Madonna would not stay apathetic and silent spectator when fellow Roma brothers/sisters were reportedly facing blatant injustice and discrimination in Europe.

Golden Globe winner Madonna (Evita) is a singer-actress-dancer- songwriter- record producer- film director & producer-author-entrepreneur- fashion designer-etc., and Rolling Stone described her as “one of the greatest pop acts of all time”. Roma are believed to have their roots in the Indian subcontinent.

- Washington Bangla Radio News