|Swami Agnivesh (Photo: Gulfnews.com)|
Agnivesh came to know Fethullah Gulen through the Indialog Foundation, a dialog group in India inspired by the Gulen Movement. Regarding his connection with Indialog Foundation Agnivesh said, “What I am trying to find is the … communality of our culture, of our traditions, of the whole values that we hold dear. There is a lot we can share with each other.”
In critiquing modern globalization, Agnivesh felt that the world economy was a massive collaborated market force in which everything has a “price label.” In such a civilization the rich are able to buy all the natural resources and control the large corporations. Agnives felt that this sort of world should not be allowed.
Instead Agnivesh supports the culture of one large, loving human family. Said Agnivesh, “In this family, the smallest, the youngest child who doesn’t earn any money claims his or share. Food, milk, medicine… come naturally. That is how a family survives. The bread winner of a family takes his or her share last. Now the same thing should apply to the whole world of trade, commerce, industry, business, and politics. Everything. The weakest, the youngest, and the poorest should get their share of well being.”
In response to rising materialism in the world Agnivesh suggested people look back to the roots of their civilizations. In India’s case Agnivesh believes that the Indian people ought to look to the Vedas, a large body of holy texts originating in ancient India, which form the bases of Hinduism.
Agnivesh stated that Turkish schools in India have a great future. Stressing that India has the world’s second largest Muslim population Agnivesh said, “If we can get this type of liberal Islam like (Gulen is) promoting then it is a very inclusive type of Islam. I think Turkish Schools can play a beautiful role in integrating Islam with other religions and cultures.”
Published on Cihan News Agency, 14 June 2012, Thursday