Fifty-five year old Agnivesh is a part of the Arya Samaj. Last year, he became the chairperson of the UN Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. He is better known across India for his campaigns against bonded labour, and is former head of the Bandhu Mukti Morcha (Bonded Labour Liberation Front).
"Our spiritual bankruptcy has also grown," says he. Agnivesh points out that the values common to all religions have been vanquished, while the vacuum has been filled by communal politics.
But should men of God actually enter the marketplace of politics? What about leaving to Caesar what is rightfully his?
Most of the people of the world believe in some god, whether called Allah, Ishwar or God. "Make a rallying point…Stress on the minimum commonality of diverse religions (to bring united action among different people)," Agnivesh suggests.