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Jan 05 2014

Hindus urge UK to “wholeheartedly” welcome Roma from Romania & Bulgaria

zedPress Release from Rajan Zed, Universal Society of Hinduism.

Hindus are urging United Kingdom (UK) to welcome Roma brothers and sisters with open arms if they decide to migrate fleeing discrimination and poverty in Romania and Bulgaria.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that since Romanians and Bulgarians could work anywhere in European Union starting January one,UK and other host nations should be more sympathetic to Roma coming from these countries and give them all the help they needed to settle down in new home.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that Europe needed to wake up and shed apparent xenophobia on Roma issue. Instead of demonizing, marginalizing, dehumanizing and persecuting Roma; Europe should do something concrete to end Roma apartheid. European politicians needed to exhibit a strong will, commitment, intention and responsibility to bring concrete and lasting results on the reality of the Roma population, instead of just weaving dreams in capital boardrooms.

Rajan Zed further said that Europe’s religious leaders and religious groups, especially His Holiness Pope Francis, should take-up the cause of Roma people and raise the issue of their continuous maltreatment; as religion taught us to plead for the oppressed, stand with the poor, and seek justice for those whom God loved and too often the world overlooked.

Alarming condition of Roma was a social blight for Europe and the rest of the world as they reportedly regularly faced social exclusion, racism, substandard education, hostility, joblessness, rampant illness, inadequate housing, lower life expectancy, unrest, living on desperate margins, language barriers, stereotypes, mistrust, rights violations, discrimination, marginalization, appalling living conditions, prejudice, human rights abuse, racist slogans on Internet, unusually high unemployment rates, etc., Zed stated.

References to Roma people in Europe, who number around 15-million, reportedly went as far back as ninth century CE.

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3 comments

  1. j p hobbs

    Why doesnt he invite them to Nevada ?

  2. John Clement

    Call me stupid but shouldn’t Rumania & Bulgaria be the ones to inprove the quality of life of their own people?

  3. sonoo malkani

    As a Hindu myself,compassion is definitely a quality one upholds and helping those less well off is an excellent ideal.However,”CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME” and the government and people of each country also have a duty to help their own citizens.It’s very easy to preach from the comfort of Nevada.

    I am sure most of the caring local citizens will do their best to accommodate incoming Romanians and Bulgarians but are equally entitled to demand OUR rights also be respected and taken on board.It’s the only way resentment towards these newcomers will be dampened.

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