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The emotions are rising very high in both countries. A confrontation would be very unfortunate for the whole SE Asia region. Both India and Pak are nuclear capable. The US involvement should go beyond mere diplomacy to actively pursuing the path which benefits both nations facing threats from radical islamists.

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A "cult" keeps itself confined within a protective cocoon. SG on the other hand is mainly criticised for its active involvement in addressing various social issues. A "cult" is suppossed to be harmful for its members and community. SG on the contrary has contributed to the welfare of the people and development of the community.

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The above accusations are all completely baseless and have been thoroughly refuted and proved false many times earlier also. The values and activities of SG is based on respect of all life and the members of SG live in society as responsible citizens. Its just that the initiatives to help others is misunderstood as some kind of drive to "recruit". If SG were such a dodgey organisation, why would scholars all over the world look forward to the advancement of activities and philosophy of SG. Nelson Madela has twice come to Japan to meet SG president and its members and praised their efforts despite such criticism. British Historian Arnold Toynbee has published a book with SG President hoping for a better world. Ex-Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev has requested for a dialogue with SG President regarding concerns over humanity in the 21st century. Recently Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid expressed his desire to hold dialogue with SG. Other important people who have praised SG for its efforts are: renowned scientist Linus Pauling, Economist John Galbraith, American Revolutionist Rosa Parks, and many other social workers and Nobel Prize winners have endorsed the values and philosophy of SG. Even Japan Times acknowledged the contribution of SG to community and published a series of articles by SG President concerning various issues faced by society. Either all these people are great fools or we need to get rid of prejudiced views which is mainly created by irresponsible publications.

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ANNOYING is a very subjective word. Even parents can be ANNOYING for constantly asking child to study harder, but it doesn't mean they are thinking bad about their children. It is just a matter of sharing one's belief based on personal experience of deriving joy from some activity. If there are so many people talking about it there has to be something substantial otherwise in today's time no one has time or likes to deliberately ANNOY other and face their wrath and exclusion from society. Any organisation which supports only rich or only poor or any particular community would be a communist and closed organisation. However that is not the case with SGI as there are poor people, rich people, highly qualified scholars, not so educated people, people from different regions and cultures. What is common is that all are trying to change their lives for better and those who are getting results share it with others. Is anything wrong in it? Since there are many people who have seen results, that's why so many talk about it.

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It's not about the show of strength but about what values are being spread in society. Even if there are a few thousands or just hundreds, but important is what contribution are they making to the communities we live in. The power of Mr. Ikeda that every one talks about is actually the power of ordinary people who have awakened to their own potential to overcome various hardships and now as responsible citizens are contributing to their communities. I am sure you must have heard a lot of experiences of SG members, if someone doesn’t believe is a different matter. Though everyone talks about the great riches, but has anyone seen how are these utilized – culture centers where people can meet and inspire each other, research institutes to deepen understanding about various issues affecting humanity, exchange programs transcending borders to bridge bonds amongst people, organizing relief activities when some disaster strikes (none of these are profit centres). These initiatives that matters the most to people and are so crucial for a sustainable future are taken for granted or ignored and all scandalous and spicy news that are mostly partial truth becomes the headlines of the tabloids. The greatest strength of SGI and its members is their strong belief in the human spirit and that is exactly what has brought change to America also – spirit of not giving up, the spirit of “Yes we can”.

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It may not be the most significant influence in the ban on bombs but an influence at least, else why should he be conferred UN Peace Award and World Citizenship Award by NAPF unless these organizations are fake or lack any substance. There may be only a few hundred thousand members in US but more important is the contribution they are making in communities – Victory Over Violence campaign, Culture of Peace Series supported and appreciated by UN. If it is such a harmful effect on society why would US President send congratulatory message to Dr. Ikeda or Herbie Hancock attribute his Grammy to his faith in Buddhism. But if someone already has biased views even these initiatives would be looked down as propaganda. The image of cult is created by media. For truth one should look and analyse official releases and statements instead of gossips or rumors floating around.

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Criticising becomes a problem when it is not based on actual facts or when it is misunderstood. Earlier Soka gakkai was looked down as an organisation of sick and poor. Through practice members have been able to bring about changes in their lives and now SG is taunted as organisation of rich and powerful. I know about members making efforts to introduce others going through some problems and sometimes emphasising about the practice but it is natural for anyone who has seen tremendous results to be emphatic about it. Don't you naturally tell others about a fantastic movie you saw and really enjoyed it and push to recommend "You must see it!!!". One may feel annoyed about it because of one's personal beliefs, but there is definitely no deception as there cannot be 12 million people worldwide who could be deceived so easily and then their governments showering praise and rewards. Mr. Ikeda is actually respected by various scholars and statesmen for his efforts to bridge gap within communities and for his tenacity even amidst criticism. His writings provide answers to various issues effecting individuals and society. Quite a few of his proposals have been adopted by UN, latest being treaty to ban use of Cluster Bombs.

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I read Komeito's mission statement "people-centered politics, a politics based on a humanitarianism that treats human life with the utmost respect and care". This coalition is in favour of Japanese people so as to promote people centric policies. If LDP were to rule by itself I dont know what kind of policies would have been thrust upon common people. Also Komeito party leaders cannot be leaders in Soka Gakkai. Besides endorsing Komeito because of its policies, Soka Gakkai members have no connection with it. (Ref: Komeito website)

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Neither have I heard of Soka Gakkai having any political affiliations anywhere else in the world, though its a different matter that many known personalities have appreciated the activities of Soka Gakkai and got associated with it in the form of seminars and exhibitions for peace and environment without becoming member of Soka Gakkai.

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I think it is ridiculous to say that something like Honoroary Doctorates from world class universities can be bought with money. Giving an HD degree is a big pride for any University and they do a lot of research before conferring it.

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