Sukhdev Rajbhar, Speaker of Legislative Assembly opens International Conference on ‘Religious Interfaith’ in CMS

Lucknow, July 14 2011: A grand opening ceremony of three-day ‘International Interfaith Conference’ being convened by City Montessori School, Asharfabad campus was held today evening at the CMS Kanpur Road auditorium. Mr Sukhdev Rajbhar, Speaker, UP Legislative Assembly lit the lamp to open this unique international conference on the topic ‘Promoting Interfaith Dialogue in Multi Religious Communities’. The inauguration became colourful amidst educational cultural items which was graced by the presence of intelligentsia, philosophers, religious gurus, educationists and jurists of 9 nations viz UK, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia and India. A large number of eminent personalities of Lucknow were also present on the occasion of this inaugural function which was convened with the objective to promote mutual understanding, belief and unity among diverse religions. The students of CMS Asharfabad presented several educational-cultural items displaying religious harmony, divine unity and spirituality that fascinated one and all. Bright glowing faces of people and blissful environment made the inaugural function worth watching.

Chief Guest, Mr Sukhdev Rajbhar, Speaker, UP Legislative Assembly spoke on the occasion that religious harmony is the foundation of a prosperous society and interfaith dialogue and unity among different religions will pave the way for human development. He commended CMS for this courageous effort and said that its imperative that each citizen of this varied society apprehends the core of religion because religion is an effective measure to unite this society. Grand gathering of religious gurus on an international forum to exchange thoughts will enhance mutual faith and unity among them, he said. Mr R K Mittal, IAS, Chief Coordinator, Kabir Peace Mission said on this occasion that as religious fundamentalism is increasing on present world scenario, it becomes necessary that we all discuss open heartedly on this matter to remove fundamentalism and suspicions. It is a universal truth that we all are the children of One God even if we hold diverse religion, he said.

Founder of CMS and renowned educationist, Dr Jagdish Gandhi said that the religion should not be a subject to fight rather a subject to discuss about. The growing disagreement among religions in the whole world is giving rise to confrontation so the need of the hour is to build an atmosphere of cooperation. In fact the present world requires religious unity the most than ever We cannot make world unity without religious unity. Dr gandhi said that the modern school should associate itself with the needs of present era and this international conference is convened to serve our purpose to establish world unity and world peace. Prof Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Chief Operating Officer, CMS, said on the occasion that the understanding of religion is not merely needed for literates but it is significant even to the whole world for staying with mutual understanding. Religion plays a sizeable role in society hence the teachers should imbibe the concept of religion in its unity in diversity and then instil the same in their students so that they may disseminate it in the society.

Ms Archanaa Pande, Principal, CMS Asharfabad and Convenor of the conference said, while throwing lights on the purpose of the conference, that we aim to know the relationship among various religions from practical point of view besides finding out the avenues to get desired results from these dialogues. Apart from it, which elements may be helpful to us for establishing mutual faith and concepts of unity among various religions. She heartily greeted the eminent personalities came from various nations to partake in this conference.

Chief Public Relations Officer of CMS, Mr Hari Om Sharma informed that the eminent personalities who are participating in this high level conference include Dr Adel Omer Sharif, Dy Chief Justice, Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt; Mr Michel de Salaberry, Former Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Canada; Prof Nihal Jayawickrama, Consultant, United Nations Agencies of Governance and Judicial Reforms and Coordinator of the UN sponsored Judicial Integrity Group, Sri Lanka; Prof. Mohammad Akhtar Siddiqui, Chairman, NCTE, India; Prof. Anwar Fazal, Director, Right Livelihood College, Malaysia; Mr Nasri Marco, Ph.D., President & Founder, Sharm El Sheikh International Arbitration Centre, Egypt; Prof. Dr Mohammad El-Shahat El-Gendy, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Member of Islamic Research Academy of Al-Azhar, Cairo, Egypt; Dr Nabil Abdel Fattah Mohamed, Asst to the Director of the Al Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, Egypt; Mr Mohamed Hassan El-Bana, Editing Manager, Al Akhbar Daily Newspaper, Egypt; Ms Zena Sorabjee, Vice-Chairperson, National Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is of India; Prof. Dilip Loundo, Professor of Religions Studies, Federal University, Brazil; Mr Gamal Zayda, Managing Editor, Al Akhbar Daily Newspaper, Egypt; Mr Saran Srinivas, Programme Manager, Right Livelihood College, Malaysia etc. Apart from them, a four member delegation of Dhaka University, Bangladesh; a delegation from Education Department, Nepal, various religious gurus viz Mr Rajendra Singh Bagga, Pragyanandji etc and various other delegates from various states of India are participating in this international conference.

Mr Sharma informed that the dialogues among the experts arrived from India and abroad will commence tomorrow on 15 July at 9.00 am with interactive session in morning and in the afternoon a question-answer session on various issues. Besides this, the eminent personalities from India and abroad will meet the media personnel at a press conference at 1.15 pm at the venue.

Hari Om Sharma
Chief Public Relations Officer
City Montessori School, Lucknow