Religion: Forbidden Song

Ragupati ragava raja ram, pathita pavana sita ram!

Chanted over & over to the accompaniment of clapping hands, this Song of Ram has for generations been Hinduism's most popular hymn. It was a favorite with Gandhi, who believed that mere repetition of the name of the god Ram was an effective means of banishing fear. Gandhi added two lines of his own to the song: "Ishvar [Hindustani for God] and Allah are both thy names; give wisdom to all." Gandhi encouraged the use of the amended version to promote Hindu-Moslem harmony.

Recently the Song of Ram has pointed up another disharmony—Moslems & Hindus...

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