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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

Social Cohesion, Democracy and Development
Baha'i House of Worship, New Delhi
Tuesday 11 February 2014
Organized by


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



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



Ashok Pandey

Principal, Ahlcon International School


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



Anurag Kumar

Advocate, Supreme Court of India


K G Suresh


Chairman’s Remarks




1:30 pm – 2:15 pm


Technical Session II

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm




Trustee Baha'I House of Worship


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



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


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