Chennai, Nov 25:
‘Communal harmony’ and unity must be the response to fundamentalism and intolerance, said Mr Jeremy Pilmore Bedford, while he was hosted a reception in honour of the new British Deputy High Commissioner to South India by by the Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, at the Nawab’s ancestral home, Amir Mahal on Saturday.
The new Deputy High Commissioner to South India Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford succeeds Mr Bharat Joshi who left for London.
Bedford, pointed out that many countries, including India and the United Kingdom were victims of such intolerance. He said people must stand together to combat such issues. Three million British Muslims make a valuable contribution to the nation, he added. Mr. Bedford also lauded the Prince of Arcot’s initiatives to bring people of all communities together on one platform in promoting communal amity and multi-culturalism.
Among the invitees, Mr. N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Group Publishing Private Limited, highlighted the cordial relationship between the U.K. and India. He hoped that the solution to Brexit would be a reasonable one that would suit all people and countries involved in it.
Honoring the British Deputy High Commissioner and his wife Mrs. Amanda Pilmore-Bedford, the Prince of Arcot recalled the South Indian history of his ancestors, who were the sovereign and independent rulers of this part of the country, known as the Nawabs of the Carnatic / Arcot and the British Royal family were noteworthy. The historic antique scrolls of the King George the III and Nawab Muhammad Ali Wallajah of the Carnatic (1749-1795) and other valuable official documents of the 18th century are the testimony of our cordial relationship existed in those days, the Prince said.
The Nawab appealed to the people, irrespective of caste, creed or religion to live in peace, universal brotherhood, respect to each others religion and communal harmony, at all times.
The Prince of Arcot and his Begum Sayeeda Abdul Ali, offered shawl and a memento to the visiting dignitaries.