United Nations recognized World Interfaith Harmony Week activities kick off in Ludhiana

A series of activities under the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2023, endorsed by the United Nations (UN), kicked off Wednesday at the Ramgarhia Girls College in Ludhiana.

In Ludhiana, activities are organized by organization Team 1699 with the support of another organization, City Needs.

World Interfaith Harmony Week, designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010, is an annual event held in the first week of February. The United Nations General Assembly has established the World Interfaith Harmony Week, noting that mutual understanding and interfaith dialogue constitute important aspects of a culture of peace. As a way to promote harmony among all peoples, regardless of their faith.

The World Week of Religious Harmony was first proposed by King Abdullah II of Jordan at the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2010.

At the start of a series of activities to be held in the city in the coming days, various people including Mohammad Uthman Rudianvi (Shahi Imam Punjab), Sikh scholar Sarabjit Singh Renuka and Christian scholar Fr. scholars of various religions attended. Varghese Kachappilly, Hindu scholar his Vinay Sophat professor, Bhikku Pragya Bodhi Thero (Bihar monk Tahat Shir Mahabd), explains the meaning and importance of religious inclusion and pluralism for fostering a healthy society Did.

Ludhiana’s Deputy Commissioner Slavi Malik launched the World Week of Interreligious Harmony, encouraging young people to spread messages of peace, love and harmony and uphold the welfare of their societies.

Malik said more than 65% of India’s population is under the age of 35 and no other country in the world has such a young population. She said this generation can bring about revolutionary change in society with their power to spread love and unity in society.

Malik said that unity is paramount to developing a country and young people can marvel at making India a superpower by ensuring love and harmony in all sections of society. She argued that young people have the power to change the world and that they are assets to any nation. He said that he has shown the world that

Ludhiana Police Commissioner Mandeep Singh Sidhu said there is no religion greater than humanity and the Almighty will always bless those who spread love and brotherhood.People are always ready to help others education is the key to inclusive growth and social harmony.

Next week there will be a series of interactive sessions with Palampal Singh (Interfaith’s UN Chair), Father Ajit Partrick (PA to Delhi Archbishop), Dr. Nasir Akhtar (Interfaith’s Historian) and Akal Takht jatheder Harpreet Singh. February 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th. Guided walking tours to churches, temples, mosques and gurdwaras are also organized on 12th February.

The final event will be held at the SCD Government College in Ludhiana on February 16, with the Punjab Minister of Education and Languages, Mr. Harjot Singh Baines, as the chief guest. A thesis competition is held among the students under the theme of “Religious Similarities”. The event concludes with an interfaith meal featuring delicacies from various religions.

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