Details of the Programme

 

 

SOUTH ASIA INTER FAITH HARMONY
CONCLAVE-2007

 

 

 

Subject of the conclave

 

 

 

“Role of Religion & Spirituality in
Promoting Universal Human Values”

 

 

 

Organizer

 

Inter Faith Harmony Foundation of India

(A forum for Interfaith and Inter Civilization Dialogue floated by Indian Muslims)

 

 

In collaboration with

 

 

Indian Council for Cultural Relations

&

The Temple of Understanding (India)

 

 

 

Saturday-Sunday, 21-22 April, 2007

 

 

 

 

Venue

Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

Jawahar Bhawan

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi

 

 

 

First Day of the Conclave

Saturday, April 21

 

Inaugural Session

9.30 AM to 1.30 PM

 

9.25 AM

Arrival of Religious Leaders

 

9.30 AM

Interfaith Prayer

 

Baha'i Faith         : Miss Sujatha Rath

Buddhism            : Venerable Kotugoda Dhammavasa

Christianity          : Father Dr. M. D. Thomas         

Hinduism             : Yogacharya Mahamantra Das

Islam                   : Maulana Jamil Ahmed Ilyasi

Jainism               : Muni Sri Udit Kumar

Judaism              : Rabbi Ezeikel Isaac Malekar

Sikh Religion       : Bhai Sahib, Sardar Charanjit Singh Khalsa

Zoroastrianism     : Ervad Cawas Bagli

 

 

9.55 AM

Arrival of Prime Minister at the Venue

 

10 AM

Arrival of Prime Minister on Stage

 

10.05 AM

Two minutes silence in the memory of
those killed in terrorist violence

 

10.10 AM

Welcome of Delegates

By

Chairperson Reception Committee

Shrimati Sheila Dikshit

Chief Minister of Delhi

 

10.20 AM

Presentation of Saropa to Prime Minister

By

Sardar Daya Singh

Head Granthi, Shri Nankana Sahib, Pakistan

 

10. 25 AM

Presidential Address

By

Dr. Karan Singh

Chairperson

South Asia Interfaith Harmony Conclave-2007

 

10. 35 AM

Inaugural Address

By

Dr. Manmohan Singh

The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India

 

10.50 AM

Vote of Thanks

By

Dr. Khwaja Iftikhar Ahmed

Convener, South Asia Interfaith Harmony Conclave

 

11 AM

Coffee Break

 

Plenary Session

 

11. 30 AM onwards

Blessings by Religious/Spiritual Leaders

1.   Mrs. Zena Sorabjee, Chairman, Baha'i House of Worship Committee  (Baha'i Faith)

2.   Venerable Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana, Vice Chancellor, Sri Jayawardenapura University, Sri Lanka (Buddhism)

3.   His Eminence Cardinal Dr. Telesphore Toppo, President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (Christianity)

4.   His Holiness Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Convener, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, The Apex Body of Hindu Dharma (Hinduism)

5.   Maulana Syed Mohammad Abdul Khabir Azad, Shahi Imam, Badshahi Masjid, Lahore, Pakistan (Islam)

6.    Muni Sri Sumermal Ji, Rep. Acharya Shri Mahapraggya Ji  (Jainism)

7.   Chief Rabbi David Rosen, KCSG, President, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations( IJCIC ) and International Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC (Judaism)

8.   Singh Sahib Gyani Joginder Singh, Jathedar, Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Sri Amritsar (Sikh Religion)

9.   Dastur Dr. Jamasp Asa, High Priest of the Parsis (Zoroastrianism)

10.  Satguru Baba Hardev Singh Ji, Chief World Nirankari Mission,       ( Universal Mission of Brotherhood)  

 

Closing at 1.30PM

 

Afternoon Schedule of Programme

3PM Onwards

 

Interactive Session-I (A)

 

Subject

 

Inter Faith Harmony
And the Role of Religious/Spiritual Leaders

 

Venue

Conference Hall I

India International Centre, New Delhi

3PM

 

Chairperson

Maulana Jamil Ahmed Ilyasi

President, All India Organization of Imams of Mosques, New Delhi

1.   Dr. Samani Mangalpragyaji, Vice Chancellor, Jain university (Jainism)

2.   Chief Rabbi David Rosen, KCSG, President, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations( IJCIC ) and International Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC (Judaism)

3.   Dr. G. S. Negi, Bhai Bir Sadan, New Delhi (Sikh Religion)

4.   Father Dr. M. D. Thomas, National Secretary, National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue, New Delhi

5.   DR. Homi B. Dhalla, President of World Zarathushti Cultural Foundation

6.   Amrik Singh, Secretary, Sant  Nirankari Mandal (Spiritualism)

Interaction with Audience

 

Interactive Session - I (B)

 

Subject

 

 Inter Faith Harmony
And the Role of Religious/Spiritual Leaders

 

Venue

Conference Hall- II

India International Centre, New Delhi

 

Time

3 PM

 

Chairperson

Most Rev. Dr. Gali Bali, Chairman, National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue, New Delhi

1.   Mrs. Zena Sorabjee, Chairman, Baha'i House of Worship (Baha'I Faith)

2.   Venerable Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana, Vice Chancellor, Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka (Buddhism)

3.   Rev. Dr. Father Cammilus Nihal Fernando, National Executive Director, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka (Christianity)

4.   Rabbi Ezeikel Isaac Malekar (Judaism)

5.   Swami Gautamananda Ji, Chief, Rama Krishna Mission, Chennai (Hinduism)

6.   Dr. Abidullah Ghazi, Executive Director, Iqra International Educational Foundation, Chicago, United States of America (Islam)

 

Interaction with Audience

 

Cultural Programme: 7 PM

Dinner: 8 PM

 

Host

Dr. Karan Singh

President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations,
New Delhi

 

Venue

Rock Garden, India International Centre,
New Delhi

 

Second Day of the Conclave

Sunday, April 22, 2007

 

Two Parallel Interactive Sessions

(9AM to 11AM)

 

Interactive Session-II (A)

 

Subject

Inter Faith Harmony & School Curriculum

 

Venue

Conference Hall-I

India International Centre, New Delhi

 

Time

9 AM

 

Chairperson

Dr. Tom Kunnumkal, Former Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi

1.   Dr. Mrs. Tasneema Khatoon Ghazi, Director, Iqra International Educational Foundation, Chicago, United States of America

2.   Professor Dr. Syed Anwer Hussain, Department of History, Dhaka University, Bangladesh

3.   Mrs.  Mahrukh Singh, Principal, Mother's International School, Delhi

4.   Shrimati Raj Vasdev Singh, Nirankari group of Schools

5.   Dharmacharya Shantum Seth

6.   Gaurav Sabharwal, Student at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi

Interaction with Audience

 

Interactive Session-II (B)

 

Subject

 

Inter Faith Harmony And The Role of Civil Society

 

Venue

Conference Hall-II

India International Centre, New Delhi

 

Time

9 AM

Chairperson

Mr. Imran Khan, President, Movement for Justice, Pakistan

1.   Mr. Soli Sorabjee, Former Solicitor General of India

2.   DR. Jehan Perera, Executive Director, National Peace Council  of Sri Lanka

3.   Major General (R) Syed Mohammad Ibrahim, Former Director General, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Dhaka

4.   Dr. Enver Sajjad, Prominent Thinker and Intellectual, Pakistan

5.   Khwaja Abdul Muntaquim, Human Rights  Counsel and Professor, Amity Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NOIDA

6.   Dr. T. K. John, Professor Emeritus, Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi

 

Tea Break

 

Second Session

 

Three Parallel Interactive Sessions

11.30 AM onwards

 

Interactive Session-III (A)

 

Subject

 

Inter Faith Harmony And Conservation of Environment

 

Venue

Conference Hall-I

India International Centre, New Delhi

 

Time

11.30 AM

Conference Hall-I

 

Chairperson

Dr. Syed Zahoor Qasim, Former Member, Planning Commission

1.   Lt. General (R) J. S. Ahluwalia, PVSM, Director General, World Environment Foundation, New Delhi

2.   Mr. Pradeep Chaturvedi, Advisor, FAO

3.   Ms. Usha Dar, Chairman, Council for International Environment Relations

4.   Mr. Paritosh Tiyagi, Former Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board

5.   Mr. Niranjan Khatri, GM, ITC Hotel Group

6.   Dr. Mrs. Janak MC Gilligan

7.   Major (R) J. D. Sharma, Member Incharge, Public Relations, Nirankari Mission

8.   Shernaz Cama, Director, Parzor Foundation, UNESCO

 

Interaction with Audience

 

Interactive Session-III (B)

 

Subject

 

Inter Faith Harmony And Role of Print/Electronic Media

 

Venue

Conference Hall-II

India International Centre, New Delhi

 

Time

11.30 AM

 

Chairperson, Mr. Pavan K. Varma, Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi

1.   Mr. Arindam Sengupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Times of India

2.   Mr. Prabhu Chawla, Editor, India Today

3.   Mr. Pankaj Vora, Political Editor, Hindustan Times

4.   Mrs.Renuka Narayanan, Editor, Culture, Hindustan times

5.   Mr. Madhusudan Anand, Editor, Nav Bharat Times

6.   Mr.Pramod Joshi, Associate Editor,Dainik Hindustan

7.   Mr. Jehangir Patel, Editor PARSIANA, Mumbai

8.   Alia Nazeer, RAWA, Afghanistan

9.   Dr. Michael Gonsalves, Editor, South Asian Relegius News International

 

Interaction with Audience

 

 

Interactive Session-III (C)

 

Subject

Inter Faith Harmony And Role of Legislators

 

Venue

Auditorium

India Islamic Cultural Centre

 

Time

10.30AM

 

Chairperson, Dr. L. M. Singhvi, Member of Parliament

1.   Sardar Aseff Ali Daulia, Former Foreign Minister, Pakistan (Keynote Speaker)

2.   Mr. Tehmtan Andhyarujina, Former Solicitor General of India

3.   Mr. Bhaskar Roy, Editor; Politics Times of India

4.   Dr. M. P. Raju, Advocate, Supreme Court of India

5.   Ms. Priya Tandon, Coordinator, Media & International Affairs, IFHFI, San Fransisco (USA)/ Mumbai(India)

6.   Mr. Lesan Azadi, Director, Baha'i Academy, Panchgani

7.   Mr. Farrukh Sohail Goindi, President, Foundation for Democracy, Pakistan

8.   Mr. Zafarul Islam, Editor, Milli Gazette, New Delhi

 

1.30 PM

Lunch Break

 

Valedictory Session

 

3 PM

India Islamic Cultural Centre

Lodhi Road, New Delhi

 

3.15 PM

Movie on Interreligious Harmony

Dr. Homi B. Dhalla

Formal Proceedings Begin

 

4 PM

Chief Guest

Shri I. K. Gujral

Former Prime Minister of India

4.05 PM

Introductory remarks

Chairperson

Dr. Karan Singh

President, ICCR, New Delhi

 

4.15 PM

Valedictory Address

By

Dr. Kamal Hossain

Former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh

Address

Guests of Honour

 

4.40 PM

Mohammad Ali Durrani

Federal Minister of Information

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

 

4.55 PM

His Excellency Halil Akunce

Ambassador of Turkey in India

 

5.05 PM

Award Giving Ceremony

 

5.15 PM

Address by delegates from SAARC Countries

 

6.00 PM

Launching Overseas Office at San Francisco, USA
(Welcoming of the Incharge, Ms. Priya Tandon)

 

6.05 PM

Concluding Address

Dr. Khwaja Iftikhar Ahmed

Convener, South Asia Inter Faith Harmony Conclave

 

6.15 PM

Tea Break

 

6.30 PM

Cultural Programme

Sufi Music

Host

World Nirankari Mission

 

8 PM

Dinner

Participants from South Asian Countries

1.   Alia Nazeer, RAWA, Afghanistan

2.   Dr. Kamal Hossain, Former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh

3.   Major General (R) Syed Mohammad Ibrahim, Former Director General, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Dhaka

4.   Professor (Dr.) Syed Anwar Husain, Department of History, Dhaka University, Bangladesh

5.   Mr. Farooq Sobhan, President, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, Bangladesh

6.   Chief Lady Imam from The Island of Maldives

7.   Syed Ali Durrani, Federal Minister of Information, Govt. of Pakistan

8.   Sardar Aseff Ali Daulia, Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan

9.   Mr. Imran Khan, President, Movement for Justice, Pakistan

10.  Mr. Farrukh Sohail Goindi, President, Foundation for Democracy, Pakistan

11.  Ms. Rima Abdallah, Director, Peace Project, Lahore, Pakistan

12.  Maulana Syed Mohammad Abdul Khabir Azad, Shahi Imam, Badshahi Masjid, Lahore, Pakistan

13.  Sardar Daya Singh, Head Granthi,  Sri Nankana Sahib, Pakistan

14.  Dr. Enver Sajjad, Renpwned Write & Intellectual of Pakistan

15.  Mr. Hafeezullah Niazi, A prominent Public figure of Pakistan

16.  Mr. Rana Ehtesham Rabbani, Interfaith Activist, Pakistan

17.  Mr. Farooq Tariq, Secretary General, Labour Party, Pakistan

18.  Mr. Kashif Hameed, Social Activist, Pakistan

19.  Rev. Dr. Jehan Prera, Executive Director, National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

20.  Rev. Dr. Father Cammilus Nihal Fernando, National Executive Director, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka

21.  Venerable Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana, Vice Chancellor,
Sei Jayawardenapura University

22.  Venerable Lotugoda Dhammavasa, Deputy Leader, Amarapura Sect

23.  Venerable Dodampahala Rahula Thera, A Senior Monk from
Sri Lanka

24.  Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi from United States of America

Special Invitees India/Abroad

l     Rabbi David Rosen, President, The International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee, USA

l     Dr. Abidullah Ghazi, Chairman, Iqra International Educational Foundation,Chicago, USA

l     Ambassadors of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Permanent Members of the Security Council & All Muslim Countries

l     Representatives from UNESCO, United Nations & Arab League in New Delhi

l     Union Ministers, Parliamentarians & Bureaucrats

l     Chairman, National Minorities Commission, National Human Rights Commission, National Women Commission, National Commission for Officially Backward Classes, National Commission for Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes

l     Vice Chancellors from AMU, JMI, DU, JNU, IGNO, IP & Jamia Hamdard etc.

 

Awards - 2007

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

 

 

M. Jalaluddin Rumi International Award For

Universal Peace, Tolerance & Harmony

Ramakrishna Math/ Ramakrishna Mission

 

 

Mahatma Gandhi International Award For Global

Peace, Tolerance & Harmony

Dr. Kamal Hossain

Former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh

 

 

Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru International Award for
Intercontinental Peace, Tolerance & Harmony

Satguru Baba Hardev Singh

Chief, World Nirankari Mission

 

 

REGIONAL AWARD

(South Asia)

 

Baba Farid South Asia Award For Peace,
Tolerance & Harmony

Mr. Imran Khan

President, Movement for Justice,
Islamic
Republic Of Pakistan

 

 

NATIONAL AWARDS

 

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti National Award

For Peace, Tolerance & Harmony

Dr. Jehan Perera

Executive Director, National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

 

Mother Teresa National Award For Peace

Dr. Homi B. Dhalla

President of World Zarathushti Cultural Foundation

 

Bahadur Shah Zafar National Award For Tolerance

Zena Sorabjee

Chairman, Baha'i House of Worship

 

Rajiv Gandhi National Award For Harmony

D. R. Kaarthikeyan

Former Director, Central Bureu of Investigation

 

STATE AWARDS

 

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad State Award For Peace,
Tolerance & Harmony

Dr. Abidullah Ghazi

Chairman, Iqra International
Educational Foundation, Chicago

 

 

Felicitations

2007

 

Mohammad Ali Durrani

Federal Minister of Information, Pakistan

 

Sardar Aseff Ali Daula

Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan

 

His Excellency Halil Akinci

Hon'ble Ambassador of Turkey in India

(In recognition of  Rumi's Contribution to the
World of Religion & Philosophy)

 

Raj Chengappa
Managing Editor
India Today

 

Major General (R) Syed Mohammad Ibrahim

Former Director General, Bangladesh Institute of International

and Strategic Studies, Dhaka

Maulana Syed Mohammad Abdul Khabir Azad, Shahi Imam, Badshahi Masjid,Lahore,
Pakistan

 

Chief Rabbi David Rosen

President, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations

and International Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC

 

Sardar Daya Singh

Head Granthi, Sri Nankana Sahib,
Pakistan

 

Professor  Dr. Syed Anwar Hussain

University of Dhaka,
Bangladesh

 

Venerable Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana

Vice Chancellor, Sei Jayawardenapura University,
Sri Lanka

 

Venerable Lotugoda Dhammavasa

Deputy Leader, Amarapura Sect,
Sri Lanka

 

Venerable Dodampahala Rahula Thera

Senior Monk from Sri Lanka

 

Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

United States of America

 

Rev. Dr. Father Cammilus Nihal Fernando

 National Executive Director
Catholic Bishops' Conference of
Sri Lanka

 

Dr. M. D. Thomas

National Secretary, National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue, CBCI, New Delhi

 

Farrukh Sohail Goindi

President, Founder for Democracy,
Pakistan

 

Major (R) J. D. Sharma

Cordinator, SAIFHC Logistics

An All Religion Event/ Co-Sponsors

1.   National Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of India

2.   Buddhist United Church / Ahimsa Trust (INDIA)

3.   Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, New Delhi

4.   Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, The Apex Body of Hindu Dharma

5.   All India Organization of Imams of Mosques, New Delhi

6.   Acharya Shri Mahapraggya Pravas Samiti, New Delhi

7.   JUDAH HYAM Synagogue, New Delhi

8.   Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Sri Amritsar Ji, Amritsar

9.   Delhi Parsi Anjuman / Parzor Foundation, New Delhi

10. World Nirankari Mission (A Global Mission for Universal Brotherhood)

11. Sikh Dharma International, Mexico, USA

12. Anjuman Moiniya Fakhriya Chishtiya, Dargah
Ajmer Sharif

13. IQRA International Educational Foundation, Chicago, USA

14. H.S. Manchanda Foundation Trust, Los Angles, USA

15. Indus Setu Global Foundation, Mumbai

16. Govt. of Delhi

 

 


STEERING COMMITTEE

South Asia Interfaith Harmony Conclave-2007

 

1.   Dr. Karan Singh                                   Chairperson

2.   Dr. Khwaja Iftikhar Ahmed                  Convener

3.   Dr. A. K. Merchant                              Member

4.   Lama Doboom Tulku                            Member

5.   Dr. M. D. Thomas                                Member

6.   Dr. M. P. Narayanan                            Member

7.   Justice ( R) Abdul Sattar Qureshi          Member

8.   Shri M. L. Sethia                                  Member

9.   Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac Malekar                 Member

10. Dr. Mohinder Singh                              Member

11. Ms. Shernaz Cama                               Member

 

Dr. M. P. Narayanan: Counsel, IFHFI

 

Ms. Priya Tandon: Coordinator, Media and International Affairs, San Francisco, USA/Mumbai, India

 

Firoz Bakht Ahmed: Media Coordinator, National (English & Foreign Languages)

 

M. Wadood Sajid: Media Coordinator, National (Hindi, Urdu & Regional Languages)

 

 

RECEPTION COMMITTEE

South Asia Interfaith Harmony Conclave-2007

 

1.      Smt. Sheila Dixit                                                              Chairperson

2.      Mr. Pavan K. Varma                                                       Deputy Chairperson

3.      D. R. Karthikeyan                                                           Convener

4.      Professor Qazi Obaidurrehman Hashmi                            Member

5.      Dr. Mrs. Nasreen Khwaja, Vice President, IFHFI           Member