Kruti Jitendra Gada – Persuing MBA at Thakur Institue of Management Studies & Research , Mumbai

“We must learn to live together as brothers, or we are going to perish together as fools.” -Martin Luther King,Jr.

Religious harmony is brought about through realizing that ‘Truth is One but the Paths are Many’. When we realize that the goal of every religion is essentially the same – the search for Truth then we can foster an attitude of open dialogue and mutual exchange of ideologies rather than imposing our beliefs on others by force. A Quote that adds to essence pertaining to religious harmony is

“I have never found a problem with people from different religions praying together. What I have found is that people are just hungry for God, and be they Christian or Muslim we invite them to pray with
us.” – Mother Theresa

Through the correct practice of religion we should develop not only harmony between faiths and nations but a harmony or state of peace within ourselves and gradually a harmony or experience of Oneness with something greater than
ourselves! This is Religious Evolution – which starts with Harmony or Peace.

There is a common misconception that religion means ritualistic religion and nothing else. The word religion actually means laws, both natural and moral, that ensure right living .Religion stands for an integral development of the personality, a comprehensive view of life.

Religion and gratitude are connected in two ways: 1. The very core of every religious tradition is gratefulness; and,
2. If we have caught on to this basic unity of all religions, we will be grateful for the variety by which they express and celebrate their shared essence.

This provides a firm basis for religious harmony. Different traditions emphasize different aspects of thiscontinuum. This alone creates a great diversity, within which historical, geographic, and cultural conditions make for amazingly rich variations. The closer we are to the heart of our own tradition, the more freely we will appreciate the forms in which others celebrate the supreme mystery for which every human heart longs.

There is an urging need of Religious Harmony. Nations’ ethnic composition encompasses myriad streams of culture and religious faiths and sects. As a multilingual and multi-cultured society, India has served as an outstanding example of unity in diversity among the fast maturing democracies across the world. Cultural diversity as a major component of secularism has been widely recognized and acknowledged in the recent past throughout the world when many countries have suffered ethnic violence and constant conflicts of faiths and beliefs. Today an already well-built cultural diversity needs constant nourishment and it is in this respect that a great responsibility is thrust upon the youth of all the nations today. Humanism, love and compassion are the core values of all religions and hatred and violence are travesty of religions.

Today, because of religious disharmony, there is :

Persecution, systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another group, causes suffering, harassment, isolation, imprisonment, fear, or pain. o Invasion, a military offensive in which large parts of the armed forces of
one geopolitical entity aggressively enter territory controlled by another such entity, generally with the objective of either conquering, liberating or re-establishing control or authority over a territory, forcing the partition of a country, altering the established government or gaining concessions from said government, or a combination thereof, is also seen frequently. o The most dangerous and non-violent is Terrorism, the systematic use of terror, often violent, especially as a means of coercion. It is are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).

The crucial factors of causing religious disharmony are hypocritical religious role models. Hypocritical religious leaders, like Tony Alamo, Shoko Asahara, Wayne Bent, and Graham Capill throughout the 20th century have contributed to this lack of credibility. The mere mention of certain televangelists brings to mind sex scandals, fiscal corruption, deceit, hypocrisy and false prophetic predictions. Even the Catholic Church is not without its scandals. Such scandals have led to widespread distrust among believers, causing congregations and denominations to become divided and confused. Few scandals that stroke nations trust are among :

A Christian nonprofit organization, foreign bank accounts, bribery, theft, a faux gold mine, and global fraud. Sounds like a bad movie, isn’t it? o One Edward Purvis of Chandler, Arizona stands guilty of 43 counts of criminal fraud and theft, among a host of other charges who tried enticing into funding overseas religious work. o Derek Klein of Norfolk, a church treasurer, made off with $140,000 (£88,502) so he could indulge in his two obsessions, philatelist and gambling. o Hindu religious leader Gopal Hari Das was jailed in US for visa fraud. o The chaotic violence that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three American staffers in Libya, and that resulted in a mob storming the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, has been garbed in religious language and references. However, the religious rhetoric from all corners distracts from the real issues: serious domestic political fragmentation in Libya and Egypt in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and America’s place in the region.

This was even worse at a global level with extremists continually seeking weapons of mass destruction, the threat of terrorism looms everywhere.

o 9/11 Attack
o 1st World Trade Center Bombing
o Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing
o Beslan Massacre
o Truck Bombing of U.S. Embassies
o Bombing of Marine Barracks
o Mid-Air Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
o Salmonella Attack
o Anthrax Letter Attacks
o Bombing of USS Cole

It acts as a hurdle in Globalization. Globalization and Religion is the biggest concerns of the nation across the globe. Religious Restrictions, Implications and the religious framework obstructs the trade relations hampering the trade practices and thus hampering the fair trade competitiveness. The Global Competitive Index rates nations for being fair and competitive avoiding religious barriers and enhancing growth of nations and the World as a whole. Supporting the thought,the major problems which the British sample companies claimed has been encountered in their Vietnam operations.

Thomas L. Friedman argues in The World Is Flat that we are in the midst of powerful trends in the global economy that present exciting opportunities and challenges. Gaps between nations and cultures are closing, and a very different way of life is in the making.

Critical to our long term success other than building the social safety nets like healthcare is maintaining our social cohesion and particularly looking after our racial and religious harmony. Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act provide for the maintenance of religious harmony and for establishing a Presidential Council for Religious Harmony and for matters connected therewith. Religious Harmony is needed in today’s competitive world to have a united approach in living, trading, exchanging and exploring lives.

In fact, Globalization and Rise in religion go hand in hand. Business ,has been, is now, and always should be playing a major role in inspiring and effecting the massive changes taking place in our constantly changing global
society, driving towards a better future for everyone