The Baha’i community of India hosted a symposium on the role of religion in fostering unity in diversity at the House of Worship in New Delhi on 29 June 2017.
Shiv Visvanathan is a professor at the Jindal Global Law School and Director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge Systems, OP Jindal Global University. He was the keynote speaker at the recent symposium, “Treasuring Diversity—The Role of Religion in Building an Inclusive Society,” organized by the Baha’i community of India.
Participants at the symposium on 29 June 2017.
Suraiya Tabassum, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at Jamia Milia Islamia, spoke about her experience working with Muslim women who had limited formal education to understand their legal rights and feel more empowered to shape their futures.
“We realized that for the effects of our project to be enduring, we need to address their fundamental conceptions of the individual and society. In order to do this we started to use simple yet profound concepts and parables from various religious sources to convey to them the concepts of the spiritual nature of the human being and of the oneness of humankind, that they were all equal,” she said.
K.G. Suresh, Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, addresses the audience: “In an interconnected and diverse society, the role of communication becomes crucial in maintaining harmony and strengthening the social fabric.”
Pooja Paswan, a youth from New Delhi, spoke about how the spiritual principle of the equality of women and men and the priority given to education of the girl child in Baha’i teachings have led to profound transformation in her family and community.
Nilakshi Rajkhowa from the Baha’i community of India and fellow panellist Seema Kakran at a panel discussion on religion and development at the recent seminar in New Delhi
Seema Kakran, Deputy Director of Women in Security, Conflict Management, and Peace, spoke about drawing on the power of religion in conflict resolution work.
Academician Shiv Visvanathan addresses the audience while fellow panelist Arash Fazli from the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity takes notes.