Hindus congratulate Kolinda on becoming Croatia’s 1st woman President
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has warmly congratulated Croatian
President-elect Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, 46, on her election, thus
creating history of becoming Croatia’s first woman President.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in
Nevada (USA) today, noted that she should now deliver on the changes she
campaigned for and the promises she made; including overcoming economic
crisis, kick starting the ailing economy and leading Croatia towards
Rajan Zed further said that Kolinda’s election had raised new hope and was
a significant step for gender equality. Zed hoped that Kolinda would
successfully address various pressing challenges facing Croatia, including
pulling the country out of long recession and bringing down the high
unemployment rate of nearly 20%.
We also hoped that Kolinda would work on improving the business climate of
Croatia whose economy remained among the weakest in the European Union
(EU), reforming administration, lowering taxes, energizing the inefficient
public sector and mending relations with the its neighbors, Zed indicated.
Rajan Zed urged Kolinda to end the maltreatment of its Roma population, who
reportedly live in apartheid like conditions; and make an all out effort to
do something “concrete and real” for Roma upliftment.
Zed pointed out that Roma people in Croatia reportedly frequently faced
social exclusion, racism, substandard education, hostility, endemic
joblessness, rampant illness, inadequate housing, lower life expectancy,
unrest, living on desperate margins, stereotypes, mistrust, rights
violations, discrimination, marginalization, hate speech, appalling living
conditions, prejudice, intolerance, violence, reduced access to healthcare,
human rights abuse, etc.
Rajan Zed argued that reported Croatian neglect was trapping Roma in cycles
of persecution and poverty. Roma issue should be one of the highest
priorities of human rights agenda of Kolinda and Croatia and EU should
ensure that it was undertaken as a matter of urgency.