‘Know My Religion: Interfaith Youth Dialogue’
Kolkata: The British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata hosted a ‘Know My Religion: Interfaith Youth Dialogue’ in collaboration with the Indian Pluralism Foundation to mark the International Day of Peace recently.
Bruce Bucknell, British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata, said, “The ‘Know My Religion’ workshops supported by us brought together young people from different backgrounds and helped their understanding of other religions and beliefs. This celebrates the diversity in India.”
India Pluralism Foundation had organised six interfaith workshops in August-September at St Andrew’s Church, Matri Mandir, Beth El Synagogue, Gurdwara Sant Kutiya, Lake Mosque and the Tollygunge Buddhist Monastery. The objective was to support freedom of religious belief by involving faith leaders to create understanding of different religions’ beliefs and practices amongst the next gen. Over 150 young people in the age group of 18-40 participated in the dialogues on Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism at these venues.
Owaiz Aslam, secretary, India Pluralism Foundation, said, “We must learn to highlight the importance of seeking common ground to build mutual respect, mutual admiration and mutual appreciation for the beliefs of others, and the need to protect and expand our common spaces.”