Hindus laud UN for declaring 2010 as “International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures”

Hindus have applauded United Nations (UN) for observing 2010 as “International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures” for promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada ((USA) today, said that dialogue brought us reciprocal enrichment and dialogue helped us overcome prejudices handed over to us by previous generations. The challenge for us all was to learn to live together in peace, mutual sincerity and trust despite our seriously different traditions.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, offered wholehearted Hindu support to UN in its worldwide efforts for promotion of interfaith dialogue and peace. He said that they appreciated that UN was taking religion seriously as religion was a most powerful and far-reaching force in human society.

Rajan Zed pointed out that Hinduism (and Hindu leaders) should get adequate representation and respect due to it being the third largest and oldest religion in the world in all the summits, dialogues, meetings, events, etc., held in connection with “International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures”.

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