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Hartford Mayor & Reno Hindu leader Rajan Zed discuss pluralism



Reno-based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Hartford (Connecticut) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra discussed how various faith groups could work together for the welfare of all and bring more cohesiveness in the community.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that all religions should work jointly for a just and peaceful world. Dialogue would bring us mutual enrichment, he added.

Rajan Zed visited Segarra on June 13 evening and sprinkled few drops of sacred water from river Ganga in India in his office as a blessing. He also presented Segarra with a copy of Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), ancient Hindu scripture.

Zed later delivered invocation from Sanskrit scriptures at Hartford City Council meeting, which was reportedly its first Hindu prayer since it was incorporated in 1784.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

Connecticut’s capital Hartford, named in 1637, houses USA’s oldest public park (Bushnell Park), oldest continuously published newspaper (Hartford Courant), oldest public art museum (The Wadsworth Atheneum); besides Trinity College and Hartford Seminary. Notable people associated with it include dictionary author Noah Webster, inventor Sam Colt, financier J.P. Morgan, author Mark Twain, broadcasters Howard Stern and Bill O’Reilly, actress Katharine Hepburn, musician Mike Carabello, basketball player Marcus Camby, etc. rJo Winch is City Council President and David B. Panagore is Chief Operating Officer of Hartford, which is nicknamed as “Insurance Capital of the World”.

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