Author: uriindia

Pride and Peace- the Past, Present and Future

By Sanshita Vij A river of colours, a huge display of quirky signs and a sea of smiles- this is what a pride parade looks like. A pride parade is essentially a celebration of choice, autonomy and identities of people who do not fit the ‘normal’ as we know it. In modern-day, it is a…
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Faith4HarmReduction – Commemorating the Global Day of Action and the Support Don’t Punish Campaign in times of CoVID-19

In India, it is estimated that there are about 8,50,000 people who inject drugs (PWID) as per the study “Magnitude of Substance Use in India” commissioned by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (2019). High numbers of PWID are estimated in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur and Nagaland. …
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URI Turns 20 in 2020

United Religions Initiative is a transnational community birthed by people’s ambitions for peace and harmony, a group of people committed to finding resources of renewal within themselves and each other. It is the story of people from different religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions who grew in friendships and created a global community dedicated to…
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URI North India on The Corona Frontline

URI’s 20th year has been marked by a very unfortunate crisis that affected countries across the globe – the CoVid-19 Pandemic. The virus affected millions and rendered countless in highly vulnerable situations. In India, it has had a particularly grave impact on marginalised communities. The pandemic and the resultant nation-wide lockdown put lakhs of migrants,…
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Father’s Day

by Aditi Yadav Father’s day is celebrated across the country on every 3rd Sunday of the month of June. It is held on various days in many parts of the world all throughout the year, often in the months of March, May and June. Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in…
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International Yoga Day

By Gracy Singh Celebrated internationally on the 21st of June every year is the International yoga day which lays the path to finding your inner yogi. This event is of utmost significance for a country like India because it marks how cultural products get incorporated in the process of globalization and marks the commodification of…
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Religion and Interfaith Movement through the lens of Sahil Ahmed

by Hiba Ishaq Achieving interfaith harmony and tolerance has been a challenge in India ever since the freedom struggle. This challenge has been time and again taken up by various organisations, communities as well as individuals. One such individual is Sahil Ahmed, who is a lawyer by profession and currently a Masters student of Conflict…
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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020

In honour of the World Environment Day, URI North India & Afghanistan created a video to spread mass awareness on environmental emergencies that our human race is confronted with.  It was a small endeavour by United Religions Initiative North India & Afghanistan and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) India to facilitate Interfaith in Action. The…
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Interview with Ahmad Shah Karimi

Founder and director of the Afghanistan Youth Empowerment and Peacebuilding Organization (AYEPO) (a URI Cooperation Circle in Kabul, Afghanistan) and Sally Mahé, Senior Consultant with URI. Sally Mahé: Thank you very much for having this interview, Ahmad.  I’m grateful to speak with you. Sarah Oliver, the Global Youth Coordinator for URI, told me about the…
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Sant Kabir Jayanti

By Arkopriya Pal Nearly six centuries have passed since his birth, but Sant Kabir, the 15th-century mystic poet, has remained as relevant as ever in the contemporary age. A poet whose life influenced people of all religions he came close to, Sant Kabir is one of the most interesting personalities in the history of Indian…
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