HARMONY INDIA is a broad based Assocaiation with eminent persons from various walks of life and from different communities on its committee.
The Association has been formed to promote communal amity, secularism and national intergration. Such an Association has been the need of the hour in view of the communal tension in many parts of the country in recent times.
AIMS AND OBJECTS :
Harmony India will function as a national organisation with branches in every state.
The Association will support and supplement governmental efforts in maintaining and promoting harmony and strengthening secularism.
It will try to meet the aspirations of thousands of men and women for a better world, for a world of harmony and peace.
The Association will try to take all possible steps to avert situations which may lead to communal disharmony. It will also seek the assistance of the government and the concerned authorities in this connection.
Harmony India will aim at creating an awareness among the general public on the need for religious tolerance, unity and fraternal solidarity amongh people belonging to all communities.
The activities of Harmony India will include the holding of seminars, debates, symposia and arranging get-togethers to exchange ideas and share views in order to promote communal harmony. The Association will also develop a programme of social and cultural activities to promote secularism and national integration.
Harmony India will seek the support and co-operation of various leaders, including religious leaders to spread its message of peace and oneness.
The Association plans to propagate its message of harmony among the younger generation, particularly the students, by arranging competitions by way of debates, essays and paintings on the theme of communal peace and national integration.
FORMALLY INAUGURATED :
His Excellency the governor of Tamil Nadu is the Patron-in-chief of the Association, while the Law Minister of the state. His Highness the Prince of Arcot, the Chief Secretary and the Director-General of Police are its Patrons.
Harmony India was formally inaugurated in Madras on the 22nd November 1990 by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala. Hon'ble Chief Minister, Dr. Kalaingar M. Karunanidhi presided over the inaugural function.
PRESIDENT: Mr. N. Ram, Associate Editor, "The Hindu" heads the Association as its president.
FOUNDER : Harmony India was conceived and founded by Nawab Mohamed Ali, former Sheriff of Madras. He is the Founder and Secretary - General of the Association.
Every organisation and every movement draws its strength from its members. Ours is no exception. Hence we ivite you to become a member of Harmony India and co-operate with us in our efforts.
For further details :
The secretary - General
Royapettah, Chennai - 600 014,
Tel No. 28485863
Patron-in-CheifHis Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu PatronsHon'ble Minister for Law, Government of Tamil Nadu His Highness the Prince of Arcot The Chief Secretary to Govt. of Tamil Nadu The Director - General of Police, Tamil Nadu OFFICE BEARERSPresident N.RAM Vice - Presidents VYJAYANTHIMALA BALI, M.P. KAMAL HASSAN Dr. S.K.KHADRI P.N.DHAWAN Dr.C.T.KURIEN Dr. V.G.SANTHOSAM Founder and Secretary - General : Nawab Mohammed Ali Asst. Secretaries : HARBHAJAN SINGH A.MD. AMIRUDDIN Treasurer L.K.S.SYED AHAMED EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE M.Sheela Priya, I.A.S. C.K.Gariyali, I.A.S. S.Mohanchand Dadha B.S.A.Rahman R.Gandhi S.M.Mazharullah Faizur Rahman Sayeed Dr. G.V.Sudheendra B.S.Grewal U.M.Khaliullah P.Krishnamoorthy R.R.Dalawai Dr.G.S.M.P.Khadri Dr.K.Rajarathinam Dr.G.M.Yahya M.K.Belgamwala Abdus Salam Ramani Natarajan Dr. Syed Khaleefathullah Girdharilal Chandak S.T.Vanchinathan
- is a secular state, not a theocracy.
- has no 'preferred' religion under the Constitution, which lays down the equal liberty of conscience and equal rights for all citizens. This is part of the basic structure of our Constitution and is NON-NEGOTIABLE.
- India's history has been a confluence of many streams. Aryan-speakers, Dravidian-speakers, Mongols, Kushans, Parsees, Arabs, Persians, Turks and numerous others have enriched its multi-faceted and many-hued civilisation.
- India today is a diverse and pluralistic society : multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic, multi-religious and multi-cultural. That is its great strength. It must be preserved.
- We are a part of humanity with all its rich diversity of religions, languages, cultures, traditions and experience and India forms a large microcosm of the contemporary world.
- is a malignant disease that is upon us.
- is politically organised.
- seeks to defile, destroy or forcibly alter the status of places of worship, although this is prohibited by Indian law and is against all canons of contemporary civilisation.
- distracts attention from efforts to meet the basic needs of the people.
- it brings death, destruction and horror in an expanding way, as witnessed in Mumbai & Gujarat.
- stands opposed to civilised, modern nationhood and all that is worthwhile in the pluralistic Indian experience, including the traditions of the Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tiruvalluvar and the Tamil saints, the Sufis, Guru Nanak, Swami Vivekananda, Moulana Azad, Mother Teresa and various others.
- denies the many-streamed character of India.
- is communalism's political mobilisation strategy.
- is a disguise adopted by those who reject the Constitution and the rule of law.
- its votaries want only and cold-bloodedly demolish places of worship, distort history, and prey on the destruction of thousands of human lives and property during communal riots.
- it seeks to return to medievalism, the politics of revenge and reprisals, and to rewrite history for cynical political ends.
- is the oxygen without which India cannot survive.
- it means equal rights for citizens belonging to all faiths, in other words, no discrimination against anyone on grounds of religion.
- it also means that religion shall not be mixed up with politics.
- a secular state is not aligned with any religion.
CONSTITUTIONALISM AND THE RULE OF LAW
- mandate that matters of faith relating to public issues cannot be 'above' the jurisdiction of the Courts, Parliament and other secular-democratic institutions.
- Indian law specifically prohibits the practice of communalism, the promotion of disharmony, enmity and ill-will between different religious communities and the exploitation of religion for electoral purposes.
We honour the supreme sacrifice of Mahatma Gandhi, Who laid down his life in the cause of Hindu-Muslim unity and communal harmony.
On January 23, 1948 - a week before his martyrdom - Gandhiji said:
"It would spell the ruin of both the Hindu religion and the majority community if the latter, in the intoxication of power, entertains the belief that it can crush the minority community and establish a purely Hindu Rashtra."
TO ALL FELLOW CITIZENS
INDIA'S FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS. PROMOTE THE SPIRIT OF TOLERANCE AND NATIONAL INTEGRATION. DON'T GIVE ANY QUARTER TO COMMUNALISM AND PSEUDO-NATIONALISM. RESIST ALL ATTEMPTS TO EXPLOIT RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTS FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. WE CALL UPON YOU TO JOIN HANDS AND STAND UP FOR COMMUNAL AMITY, SECULARISM, FRATERNITY AND HUMAN SOLIDARITY. LET US BUILD A STRONG, UNITED, DEMOCRATIC, JUST AND PROSPEROUS INDIA.
I will be a good member of My Family, a good member of the Society, a good member of the Nation and a good member of the World.
Communal Harmony is the basic building block of our country. When we live in a multi religious country, it is better to follow the principle of "be faithful to your religion and at the same time be tolererant to other religions." There is nothing wrong in having knowledge about the basic principles of other religions since we expect others to know about our religion. Tolerance is an important lesson of all religions. To be tolerant of one another.
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