Embracing Justice – The Role of Religious Communities, An interfaith dialogue

4 September 2018

On the 4th of September 2018, IJM had organized a dialogue to explore the role of religious communities in promoting Justice. Leaders from various faith traditions spoke. As part of the deliberations, Dr L.D.Mishra IAS (Retd) spoke from the perspective of the Hindu Scripture and teaching. Quoting extensively from Sanskrit texts like Bhartuhari’s Neeti Sataka, he brought out the fact that for the large hearted , the whole world is like a family and where there is no place for exploitation and injustice. Quoting India’s philosopher president, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, he went on to say that the Hindu way was an idealist view of life intro which the notion of Justice was subsumed.

Dr Mishra also quoted from the Atharva Veda, the Mahabharat, the Ramayana as well as well the Bhagawat Gita and the Isavasya Upanishad . He moved on from there to quote Bhakti poets like Chandi Das and summed up by extensively quoting from Swami Vivekananda and his writings. Dr Mishra successfully was able to link ancient Hindu texts, modern notions of Justice and the Constitutional Provisions that guarantees Justice to all citizens regardless of any distinction between its citizens and thereby contains within itself the seeds of the ephemeral  “Ram Rajya” that every Hindu aspires to and longs for.