Interreligious Meeting for Fostering Dialogue, Peaceful Coexistence and Diversity
Ahead of Mahatma Ghandi’s 150th Birth Anniversary, Muslims and Hindus from more than 30 various religious groups in India convened on 8-9 December at the Interreligious Summit in Rishkesh and on 9-10 December for a two day training. Both events were organized by the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, and Parmarth Niketan.
The historic Summit aimed to strengthen interreligious collaboration between Hindu and Muslim leaders and youth. It emphasized the importance of acceptance, unity in diversity, and peaceful coexistence as foundations for common citizenship. The Summit discussed Mahatma Ghandi’s life and remembered his great contributions to humanity through his advocacy for peaceful and inclusive societies. Discussions at the Summit reaffirmed that religious leaders are crucial in addressing present challenges and finding shared sustainable solutions to overcome them. On the second day of the Summit, the KAICIID-supported United Nations Plan of Action to Prevent Atrocity Crimes was presented in the local language.