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Shankaracharya wants pressure on Afghan regime

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, MAY 25.

Lambasting the Taliban regime in Afghanistan for ``prescribing'' a dress code for Hindus and Sikhs living there, Swami Madhavanand Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of Prayag, has asked the world community to force the militia to take back the decree.

Talking to reporters here today, Swami Madhavanand termed it as a direct attack on religion and culture and said framing a law in this direction was a conspiracy to wipe out the two communities from Afghanistan.

``They should tell us what threat does our dress code pose to Islam, Afghanistan or Taliban,'' asked the Swami,and asserted that they would not keep quiet if an attack was made on religion.

The Shankaracharya said: ``After the destruction of the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas it is now turn of the minorities living in Afghanistan to face the Taliban's ire. Even though in Hinduism wearing yellow cloth is considered auspicious, the Taliban, by ruling that it should be worn in a particular manner, is attacking subtly Indian culture and civilisation,'' he alleged.

Claiming that threat to ``dharma'' was threat to the entire world, Swami Madhavanand urged the Indian Government to allow him to visit Afghanistan and hold talks with the Taliban regime so that the matter could be solved amicably. He also urged the world leaders to initiate action against the Taliban to stop the injustice being meted out to minorities.

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