Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, pointed out that foreign aid, which was already vital to Nepal’s struggling economy, had become even more important now for its efforts to come out of the devastation caused by this massive earthquake.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that Nepal had provided a travel heaven to the world with Everest and Annapurnas, spectacular dramatic landscapes, rich ancient culture, temple-lined cityscapes, etc., and now it was time for the world to return the favor and do all they could do to make it stand-up again on its feet to welcome the world.
Rajan Zed, expressing deep sympathies, noted: Hearts and thoughts of the worldwide Hindu community go to the victims and their families and loved ones, injured, rescuers and relief workers and urged the leaders of other world religions to join him in prayers for them. He called the Hindu temples worldwide to organize special prayer sessions for all linked to this tragedy.
May God grant strength, courage, comfort, and assistance to victims’ families and loved ones, injured, rescuers and relief workers, Zed stated. It was a highly tragic and difficult time for them and he was full of sorrow for this tragedy, Zed noted and added that it was a heartbreaking incident and they were all in shock and anguish over this unimaginable loss.
Rajan Zed, expressing solidarity with the people of Nepal, thanked the countries which had come forward with offers of help. This earthquake, a humanitarian disaster and a nightmare, would put a huge strain on Nepal’s economy, which was highly reliant on tourism. Besides governments; the world’s charities, mountaineering organizations and religious groups should also offer humanitarian support in this calamity, Zed indicated.