Tag: interfaith

Observing Ramzan for Four Years: Reflections of a Hindu-born Atheist Girl

I am an atheist, born to Hindu parents, and have been observing Ramzan for the last 4 years. This is my story. As a non-muslim, I was always curious to know what compels Muslims to undergo strict fasting for 30 days. Not even water? Of course, we have similar fasts in Hinduism, like Karwachauth, Chhatt,…
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Interfaith Unity in Kashmir

By Mahreen Kashmir is a Muslim majority territory with 96% Muslims and only 1 lakh Sikhs, who form a minority. However, religious persecution is almost unheard of in the past two decades; rather, the various socio-political conditions have cemented the bond between these diverse communities. Internet bans, curfews, and forming a minority in mainland India…
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A Christmas Miracle

By Riddhima Poddar “Do you mind if I spend Christmas with you?” I asked someone who I had barely known for five minutes. What I didn’t know then, however, was that it would make all the difference. Certain events in our lives leave a lasting impression. They shape our understanding of the world, how we…
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“Back Home…”

By Mandeep Singh I came across Intizar Husain’s ‘Basti’ in my third and final year of graduation in English Literature. It was a part of the subject called Partition Literature. However, upon reading it, I found out that neither does it allude to one specific event nor does it confine to any specific time. It…
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Building a Home away from Home

By Riddhima Poddar The first week of February is observed as the World Interfaith Harmony Week across the globe. Its inception dates back to September 23rd, 2010, when H.M King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed the idea at the Plenary Session of the 65th United Nations General Assembly in New York. The draft resolution proposed…
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World Interfaith Harmony Week 2021

Photography Competition  DIASPORAS OF INDIA: Connecting, Contesting and Converging The theme for the World Interfaith Harmony Week this year is ‘Diaspora’, being one of the most prominent and often controversial manifestations of increased globalization. The connection between migrants and people who have stayed at home has profound effects on societies in the country of origin…
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The Inclusive Edge: Tapping into the Faith Dimension to Accelerate Nature Actions for a Sustainable Future

#faith4earthdialogue With the rapid advancement in the global environmental crisis at an unprecedented rate, URI along with UNEP, recently undertook an initiative with Faith-Based Organizations and interfaith platforms to spread mass awareness on environmental emergencies that our human race is confronted with.  On September 10 2020, we revisited the faith dimension to accelerate nature-based actions for a sustainable future, over…
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Sikhs Service Beyond Communal Barriers

~ By Arkopriya Pal The Sikh community has always made news – both nationally as well as around the globe – for relentlessly helping people in times of crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception. While the world is locked away in homes, battling the fast-spreading infection, the Sikh community is, at…
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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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Good Friday in Quarantine Time

Disha Mishra Coming from a Hindu family, my parents never restricted me to practice religions other than Hinduism. They were secular enough to believe in the peaceful existence of several other religions. I wonder if this makes India unified in diversity. There is a popular curiosity among non-Christians about what is so “good” about Good…
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