Destruction of Buddha statues condemned

DH News Service
BANGALORE, March 5 Dignitaries from different fields who had assembled under the aegis of ‘Bahumukhi’ today strongly condemned the destruction of Buddhist monuments and artifacts by Taliban authorities in Afghanistan and urged the United Nations Organisations (UNO) to initiate disciplinary action against the Taliban government.

Nidumamidi Math Seer Veerabhadra Channamalla Swamiji termed the demolition of Buddha statues as ‘barbaric act and a cultural terrorism’ by the sick minds. UNO should take disciplinary action against them and control the unreligious act of the Taliban, he added.

Bikku Kasapa, a Buddhist Monk from Maha Bodhi Society, said that the attack is an unfortunate incident and maintained that religion and destruction cannot go together. It’s an act by the senseless and ignorant people, he observed.

Noted writer Ramzan Darga urged Pakistan to take moral responsibility for the act as it is Pakistan which trains Taliban terrorists. Even UNO should take moral responsiblity for the act, he maintained. Hafeez Moulvi Fazal Rehman Khadri condemned the fundamentalist forces for using the name of Islam in the heinous act. “Islam never teaches hatred”, he said and demanded the UNO to control such acts.

Memorandum: Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore has submitted a memorandum to the President of India through the Governor of Karnataka condemning the destruction. In the memorandum, the members have appealed to the Afghan authorities to forbid the destruction of valuable artifacts of Buddhist heritage. Kannada Writers L N Mukavinda Raj and Dr Banjagere Jayaprakash and Ms Sujatha Kumuta of Bahumukhi who were present in the press conference also condemned the Taliban government for the barbaric act.

Referred by:Sashi Kanth
Published on: March 5, 2001
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