The Prince, who arrived here on Wednesday, in connection with the sliver Jubilee celebration of his accession to the Imamat told the Delhi Doordarshan in an interview that the Jubilee year was dedicated to the cause of improvement of life in Third World countries. Expressing his deep concern over the tremendous difference in the quality of life in rural area and the urban areas, the Aga Khan said his followers had chalked up specific programmes of rural development.

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The Prince, who arrived here on Wednesday, in connection with the sliver Jubilee celebration of his accession to the Imamat told the Delhi Doordarshan in an interview that the Jubilee year was dedicated to the cause of improvement of life in Third World countries.

Expressing his deep concern over the tremendous difference in the quality of life in rural area and the urban areas, the Aga Khan said his followers had chalked up specific programmes of rural development.

The Aga Khan, who is the leader of 15 million Ismaili Muslims spread all over the world, said the money for the fund was raised from contributions from leaders of the community and its members. It was purely a voluntary venture.

He said he accepted the recommendations of his community people for undertaking the rural development works. But none of the programmes were restricted to any particular community.

The Prince who visited India last in 1980, said in the process of gaining independence, most of the countries in the Third World inherited administrative structures which were urban-oriented. Besides there are imbalances in the economy.

The Aga Khan said he had decided to set up a major hospital in Karachi.

Replying to questions, he said there was a world-wide recession and financial instability and unless the people, particularly in developing countries, were creative and innovative, it would be difficult to come out of this crisis.

SOURCES

  • Delhi Doordarshan, Sunday Mid-Day, January 16, 1983
  • ismaili.net

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