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National Colloquium on Interfaith Paradigm
Social Cohesion, Democracy and Development
Baha’i House of Worship, New Delhi
Tuesday 11 February 2014
Organized by

Interfaith Foundation India Baha’i House of Worship ISAE Deemed University
Interfaith Foundation India
Gandhi Vidya Mandir and IASE (D) University, Rajasthan
in collaboration with
Baha’I House of Worship – Lotus Temple
cordially invite your participation in
One-day National Colloquium on
Interfaith Paradigm for Social Cohesion, Democracy & Development
Baha’I House – Lotus Temple (Kalkaji, New Delhi)
Tuesday, 11 February 2014, 10 am – 5 pm
Prof. M M Verma
Chair, Religious Harmony
IASE (D) University, Rajasthan
President, Interfaith Foundation India
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Dr Surendra Pathak
Director, Research Projects
IASE (D) University, Rajasthan
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Shatrughun Jiwnani
Director, Public Information
Baha’I Office of Public Affairs – Lotus Temple
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The sub-themes of the Colloquium are :-
  1. Religious Spaces Reconciliation--Some Reflections (Prof. Madhu Khanna)
  2. Promoting Religious Harmony: Role of Parents and Teachers (Ashok Pandey)
  3. Religious Freedom, Gender Equality and Empowerment (Prof. Farida Khanam)
  4. Freedom of Religion, Secularism and Indian Constitution (Anurag Kumar)
  5. Towards World Citizenship: Role of Religion
  6. Purpose of Life as Enshrined in Scriptures of Different Faiths
  7. Universal Human Values in Different Faiths
  8. Promoting Unity in the midst of Diverse Cultures and Civilizations
  9. Resolution of Conflicts through Religious Understanding
  10. Environment and Climate Change: Teachings of Different Religions
  11. Spiritual Ecology: Man and Nature - Problems and Solutions (Dr Sanjay Rana)
  12. Religion and Good Governance: Role of the Priestly Class & Politicians (Dr A K Merchant)
  13. Beyond 'Mine and Thine': Building Spiritual Environment (Ezekiel Isaac Malekar)
  14. Interfaith Dialogue Towards a Harmonious Society
  15. Media and Communal Harmony (K G Suresh)
  16. Politics of Religion, and Religion of Politics (Dr P N Tripathi)
  17. World Citizenship (Zena Sorabjee)
  18. Empowering Women and Children
Inaugural Session 10 am – 11:30 pm

Kanakmal Dugar Chancellor IASE  -  Deemed University
Welcome Address Mr Shatrughun Jiwnani Director Public Information Baha'I Office of Public Affairs
Introduction of Theme Dr M M Verma Prof. and Chair Religious Harmony IASE University
Keynote Address Swami Sachidananda Bharti  
Special Address Zena Sorabjee Trustee Baha'i House of Worship - Religion & Governance
Special Address Prof. M H Qureshi AM Khwaja Chair, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Special Address Prof. Madhu Khanna Visiting Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia (Tantric Hinduism)
Chief Guest  Arif Mohammed Khan Former Union Minister, Govt. of India
Chairman’s Remarks
Tea Break 11:30 am -11:45 am  
 Technical Session I  11:45 am – 1:30 pm  
Chairperson Ashok Pandey Principal, Ahlcon International School
Panelists Dr Sanjay Rana  Chairman, Aqua Foundation
  Dr P N Tripathi Director, VAID  ICS – Lucknow
  Principal Hema Raghvan Former Principal Gargi College
  Dr A K Merchant Baha'i
  Anurag Kumar Advocate, Supreme Court of India
 K G Suresh  Journalist
Chairman’s Remarks  
 Lunch  1:30 pm – 2:15 pm  
 Technical Session II  2:15 pm – 3:30 pm  
Chairperson Trustee Baha'I House of Worship
 Panelists Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi  Head, All India Imam Organization
  Dr Deepika Chatterjee HoD Philosophy
Dr J S Rajput NCERT - Former Director
  Prof R N Sharma Vice Chancellor   I A S E
Special Address Dr Hanif Khan Shastri National Awardee
  Ezekiel Malekar Rabbi Judahymn Synagogue
Prof. Savita Pande HoD. South Asian Studies, JNU
 Tea Break  3:30 pm - 3:45 pm  
 Valedictory Session  3:45 – 5:00 pm  
Chairperson Dr Madan Verma President Interfaith Foundation, Chair, Religious Harmony
Special Address Yogiraj Ji Maharaj
 Special Address S N Sahu Joint Secretary,  Rajya Sabha, New Delhi
 Special Address Jawed Naqvi Journalist
Special Address Prof. K K Sharma Chair, Philosophy Harmony, IASE (D) University
 Valedictory address Vedantacharya Swami Sarvananda  Saraswati Chancellor, Bhartishreepeetham, (D) University, Delhi
Chairman’s Remarks
Vote Of Thanks  Dr Surendra Pathak  Director Research, IASE (D) University, Rajasthan

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