Tag: #peace

Fighting violent extremism and radicalism through religious and social inclusionary ideas – Brotherhood of Humanity

By Atharva Mehendale No one is born a violent extremist; extremism is fuelled. It can manifest in connection with a range of issues including politics, religion and gender. Brotherhood of Humanity, a member group of United Religions Initiative – North India & Afghanistan has been using religion to counter these very extremist views and to build social cohesion. Established…
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“It could have been me”: an Indian peace leader’s reflections on Afghanistan

By Pragya Narang Through my peacebuilding work, I have picked up a new term: “Lottery of birth.” It means that we do not choose where we are born. Our country, socio-economic status, biological gender, religion, environment, neighbourhood, family beliefs, etc are assigned to us at birth. This term improved my introspective quality immensely. So whenever…
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Reflections: Dear Zari

Photo by IsaaK Alexandre KaRslian on Unsplash ‘Dear Zari’ is one of the very rare books that move the reader with its heart-wrenching stories. The author, Zarghuna Kargar, who is living in London and is a producer and a presenter on the successful radio programme ‘Afghan Woman’s Hour’, has depicted some of the most poignant stories of Afghan…
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Rethinking Community Mobilization & the Role of NGOs: Chetna Educational Society, Delhi

Written by Atharva Mehendale Chetna Educational Society, one of URI’s oldest Cooperation Circles, was registered on 19th January 1990. Since then, it has been working relentlessly for the social and economic upliftment of the poor and the underprivileged in Delhi NCR. While the provision of primary education opportunities to all was what it began with,…
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Caught in the Crossfire: Children of Gaza are in the Midst of a Mental Health Crisis

Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash The eleven days of the war in Gaza in 2021 have taken a toll on its children. The generation faces down a life of trauma, and their mental health is on a downward spiral as the multiple and continuous attacks have led to a deep-seated fear of violence. Studies have…
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AASHA KI KIRAN: A RAY OF HOPE

URI Cooperation Circles at the Frontline of the Pandemic The pandemic brought to the forefront the societal issues the world has struggled with for decades- the issues that often get buried in the hustle and bustle of society.  In India, that was until we faced a terrible second wave in the first half of 2021…
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International Youth Day

Indian Youth: The Future of Today By Chaitali Verma I studied that it was Ibn Al Arabi who first spoke of Unity in Diversity- a phrase that children are made to associate with India since the very beginning of their education. But today, one wonders how aptly it is applicable, the India where an 85-year-old…
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“Will you Teach me Islam?”

An Interfaith Guru Purnima Today, on the eve of Guru Purnima, I want to give a special dedication to Basit Jamal Bhai (brother) my Guru, my spiritual teacher. I met Basit bhai in 2019 for the very first time, at the URI North India regional conference at Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh. His organisation ‘Brotherhood of…
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Perspectives on Peace

By Sanshita Vij “Sanskrit has 108 words for love. Islam has 99 names for God. Japanese has 14 words for beauty. We’ve got one word for Peace…. We don’t have enough words to accurately describe all the different aspects of peace. I think it was Socrates who once said if you don’t have a word…
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A Doctor’s Sacrifice- Tribute to our Saviours on National Doctors’ Day

Cover Photo by hosein zanbori on Unsplash In conversation with Lt. Col. (Dr.) Sunita B.S. and Lt. Col. (Dr.) Virender Singh By Naisha Khanna This piece is intended as a tribute to those who have found themselves inextricably entwined with suffering, devastation, and illness for the past one and a half years, with no respite. To those who…
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