Muslims, Hindus Unite at International Summit in Rishikesh
Hundreds of Hindu and Muslim leaders and youth joined forces at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) in a first ever historic event on strengthening interreligious collaboration of Hindu and Muslim leaders and youth. The historic event was organized by KAICIID the International Dialogue Centre, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Parmarth Niketan as a show of interfaith unity and harmony in a time of growing global strife.
Acceptance, unity in diversity and peaceful coexistence are foundations upon which India’s democracy has been built, maintained and sustained. From the founding of India, Mahatma Gandhi and great patriots not only led the nation to independence, but also fought for the cause of peaceful and inclusive societies. India is striving assiduously to hold to these values, and recommits itself each year to fostering inclusivity and coexistence. As we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, the Summit came together to re-emphasize this vital process.
Religious leaders have been crucial in addressing many challenges that have arisen and in strengthening ties within, between and among communities in India, resulting in a wealth of knowledge and experience with the potential to serve as guidance for each other, as well as other religious leaders.
In this light, this two day Summit, from the 8-9th December, was held bringing religious leaders from the Hindu and Muslim communities to share their work and experiences, celebrate the peaceful ways societies embrace diversity, discuss challenges and potential solutions, highlight successes, and identify potential areas for concrete joint collaboration.
The gathering will also take dialogue into action through a two-day youth leader training at Parmarth Niketan from 9-10th December, during which young faith leaders and youth from faith-based organisations will be trained to be champions of peaceful and inclusive societies. They will also learn hands-on practices to promote peace, reconciliation and conflict resolution.