Published On : Wed, Apr 22nd, 2015

Modi’s ‘chaadar’ spread at Ajmer Sharif – for the cause of religious harmony?

chadar at ajmer sharif

After a deafening silence on the subject among increasing unquiet and  unrest among Minorities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  pitched for harmony among all religions as he sent a ‘chaadar’ to be offered at the dargah  ofKhwaja Moinuddin Chishti  in Ajmer. “Khwaja had given a great message to his followers from all religions to live in harmony, keeping with the tradition of sufis and saints. That message is relevant even today,” the Prime Minister said.

He handed over the ‘chaadar’ to be offered at the dargah to Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, minister of state for minority affairs. We have just seen photos and videos of Naqvi going to the durgah with his family members  and others to lay the pink, heavily embroidered chaadar

Urs is being celebrated in Ajmer now and Obama was the first international leader to send a chaadar on the ocassion, beating the Indian Pime Minister to it.

“On behalf of the United States government, I convey greetings of deepest friendship and re

“On this day, the 803rd Annual Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Moinudeen Hasan Chishty, our thoughts are with the community in Ajmer and we give thanks for the work of the Dargah Ajmer Sharif and its legacy of striving for understanding, peace, and respect between all faiths and peoples of the world,” the message from Obama said.

Quoting President Obama, the message added: “Whatever our beliefs, whatever our traditions, we must seek to be instruments of peace, and bringing light where there is darkness, and sowing love where there is hatred.

On behalf of the US government,  Ambassador to India Richard Verma commended the Dargah Ajmer Sharif for its commitment to these noble goals and conveyed the goodwill of the American people and partnership of the US Embassy in their work to make the world a better place.

“It’s a historic day and a welcoming moment. It’s the first ever gesture of extending spiritual greetings of peace to Ajmer Dargah Sharif from a non-South Asian country’s Head of State,” a pleased Haji Chishty told IANS, on the gift of the ‘chadar’.