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National Youth Conference 2011

3-day National Youth Conference on Interfaith for School Students
organized by:
Interfaith Foundation, India, and Tony Blair Faith Foundation, London
Venue : Ahlcon International School,
Mayur Vihar, Phase-1
Delhi 110091
Date : 19 – 21 Dec 2011


Panel Discussion

The Panel discussion by the Faith Leaders will focus on 2 key questions:

  1. How does your faith/belief inspire you to make a positive difference in the world?

  2. How does your faith/belief help you find Spirituality & Peace in your life?


Monday 19th December 2011
Time : 02.00 pm to 04.00 pm



Swami Shantatmananda
Gen. Sec. Ramakrishna Mission
Rev Fr. Dominic Emmanuel
Exe Sec, Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue, Delhi Archdiocese
Prof M H Qureshi
Shri A M Khwaja Chair, Jamia Millia
Prof Tejinder S Lamba
Renowned Sikh Scholar, Canada
Rajan Zed
President, Universal Society of Hinduism, USA
Rabbi Ezekiel Issac Malekar
Judah Hyam Synagogue
Justice A S Qureshi
Former Judge, Gujrat High Court
Prof R P Singh
Head of Deptt Philosophy, JNU
Shatrughun Jiwnani
Dir Office of Public Relations and
Spokesperson, Indian Baha’i Community



Prof Z M Khan
Gen Sec Institute of Objective Studies
Dr Lalit Kumar
Sec. Foundation for Communal Harmony,
Min of Home Affairs, GoI
Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi
President, All India Organization of Imams of Mosques
Tenzin Pema
Tibet House, New Delhi



Dr M M Verma
President, Interfaith Foundation, India


Vote of thanks

Simmi Kher
Coordinator, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, London


Concept Note

The National Youth Conference, 19-21 Dec 2011
Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar, Phase-I, Delhi

Interfaith Foundation, India is dedicated to Interfaith Movement, a dialogue between people of different religious traditions, with a belief that diverse faiths and cultures can coexist and blossom into a harmonious society.

Faith is vitally important to hundreds of millions of people. It motivates systems of thought and of behaviour. It underpins many of the world's great movements for change and reform, including many charities. The values of respect, justice and compassion that the great religions of the world share with each other, have never ever been more important to bring people together to build a better world, than today.

Unfortunately, religious faiths have also be used to divide mankind. The human history is replete with incidences of feuds among religious communities, all due to ignorance of their Scriptures and messages of the religious masters. No wonder the Holy Scriptures are distorted to fan the flames of hatred and extremism. In India, faith has been both a reason for harmony, diversity and multiplicity as well as communal tension, divisions and barriers.

Through this Conference, we aspire to sow the seeds of understanding, belief, trust and cultural pluralism among the youth with different backgrounds by encouraging discussion and exchange of ideas. The discussions at the Conference will focus on faith and its role in building a better atmosphere in the society.

Why Youth Conference?

India, a vibrant and pluralistic democracy, having the largest number of youth that any country has in the world, will like to play a preeminent role in building a new world based on equity, fairplay, peace and brotherhood. The age-old spiritual traditions of India have played significant role in human civilization. These spiritual traditions are manifested in the major world religions – Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism as well as Islam and Christianity.

The young people we are working with live their lives at the cusp of the balance between the ancient and the modern traditions. Their identities emerge from the ancient and are pointed towards the future. They sprout from India and point towards the world civilization.

In this noble work, it is high time our youth understands that the world is One Universe of Love, Peace and Possibility. There is no place for disharmony, selfishness, and dishonesty, no matter what comes there way. The Youth are our future leaders and they must awaken to the understanding that we can exist as a human race only if we could embrace universal human values of tolerance, compassion, nonviolence, sacrifice and brotherhood.

As educators, it is our responsibility to give the youth, the tools and opportunity to develop their skills for building peaceful and harmonious society. This Conference is intended to provide the young people an opportunity for direct participation and interaction with their counterparts and eminent Faith leaders. This should help them assist the interfaith movement for world peace, harmony and brotherhood.

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