Sri Sri visits riot victims in Chirang, Kokrajhar districts: The times of india

Posted on: Friday, August 10, 2012

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GUWAHATI: Spiritual leader and founder of Art of Living Sri Sri Ravishankar urged all political parties to leave their vote bank politics behind and approach the ongoing ethnic clashes in western Assam from a humanitarian angle.

The spiritual Guru, who toured the affected areas of Chirang and Kokrajhar districts, visited the relief camps to take stock of the situation and also distributed relief materials and interacted with the victims of the ethnic strife; he listened to their woes and also consoled them.

"I request all political parties to leave their vote bank politics behind and ask them to approach the problem from a humanitarian angle. The camps are in a very bad condition and the situation of the people here can be compared to that of Kashmiri Pandits. The violence that affected western Assam is a black spot on the country and we have to assure that such incidents do not take place again," said Sri Sri Ravishankar.

The spiritual leader visited a relief camp for Bodo victims at Kajalgaon High School in Chirang district, where he addressed a large gathering of the Bodo inmates. He also visited a Muslim relief camp at Basugaon in Kokrajhar district where he enquired about their safety and listened to their grievances. In Kokrajhar, he visited the Vidyapeeth High School relief camp and interacted with the riot-hit victims. He distributed relief materials such as clothes, baby food and also took Ayurvedic doctors to provide the victims in the relief camps holistic health care.

The spiritual icon also met the representatives of the All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU), Bodo People's Front (BPF) and held discussions with academicians from Kokrajhar University to find ways and means to end the long-standing conflict and find a long-term solution to the problem. The representatives of ABSU also submitted a memorandum to the spiritual icon.

At a meeting with members of the All Bodo Minority Students' Union (ABMSU), he urged them to work towards peaceful co-existence of all communities in the region. "The migrants have to live with the rest of the population in an amiable manner and the indigenous people have to understand that some of the migrants were born here 30 years ago. This has become their land as well," added the Guru.

The leader urged the government to tackle the problem of illegal influx and focus on the country rather than politics. "The trust between the two communities must be restored and the wounds need to be healed. The government cannot cover all of this. It is through spiritual and cultural feasibilities that peace and trust can be brought about," he added.

Source: The Times of India