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‘Let’s resist the forces of division and hatred’: Mahatma Gandhi’s South African granddaughter Ela

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Ela Gandhi. File
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“Hatred, animosity and violence are not part of any religious teachings and those who promote them in the name of religion are misinterpreting their faiths for mischievous reasons and should be shunned,” Ela Gandhi, South African peace activist and Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter, has mentioned.

Her remarks got here as she responded to social media posts which claimed that the Gandhi Development and Phoenix Settlement Trust intentionally unnoticed Hindu prayers at an inter-faith assembly hosted on the Phoenix Settlement, which her grandfather began throughout his tenure in Durban.

“All our faiths and our scriptures are there to guide us to be good, compassionate and loving people. Hatred, animosity and violence are not part of our essential religious teachings. Those who promote the acts in the name of religion are misinterpreting their faiths for mischievous reasons and should be shunned,” Ela mentioned.

Ela, who’s the chairperson of the Gandhi Development and Phoenix Settlement Trust, mentioned such strikes had been “an attempt to create division between the Hindu and Muslim communities and alienate Gandhiji and me from the Hindu community”.

“It is important to state the facts publicly so that the mischief that is being attempted can be stemmed right now,” Ela mentioned in an open letter within the weekly Post.

“To clarify, I personally invited many Hindus individually and a number of Hindu faith leaders collectively, to recite a Hindu prayer at this function,” mentioned Ela, citing invites to 4 Hindu organisations which she mentioned couldn’t attend due to different commitments.

“The absence of some or other faith has happened at our inter-faith prayer services in the past, never deliberately, but because of circumstances that have prevented a particular faith community from attending the particular function.

“Importantly, to this day, in the 120 years of the existence of Phoenix Settlement, no one has ever accused us of deliberately leaving out a sect or engaging in “mass indoctrination”, as is alleged by the posting,” she mentioned.

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