Hindus were highly disappointed on not being included in the prayer service at the inauguration ceremony of the Ireland President Michael D. Higgins in Dublin Castle on November 11.
The opening service at this ceremony reportedly included prayer by Christian, Islamic and Jewish representatives; besides a Humanist reflection.
It was disheartening for the worldwide Hindus to observe the hard-working, harmonious and peaceful Ireland Hindu community receiving such signals of second-class treatment, sidelining and bias; distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed indicated in a statement in Nevada (USA) today.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that Ireland Hindus had made lot of contributions to the nation and society and continued to do so. Were not Hindus members of the same Irish society of which Higgins was the President? Zed asked.
Higgins, who reportedly said on the occasion— “We can and must be advocates for the inclusion of diverse peoples, traditions and belief systems”—should offer a formal apology to disheartened Hindu community; Rajan Zed pointed out.
Zed further said that Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1.1 billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken frivolously and simply ignored at a national ceremony like this.
If this was Ireland Government’s way of handling “Diversity and Inclusion”, then it needed to genuinely re-think its claim to “Diversity and Inclusion” and take some serious steps to ensure delivery of “authentic” “Diversity and Inclusion”; Rajan Zed stated.
If Ireland wanted to keep religion separate from the State, this would be fine with the Hindus. But if religion was brought into the State, then Hindus should be mutually-respected teammates; Zed added.