1 India –a one day conference on promoting Communal Harmony & National Integration

    A one-day Conference on promoting Communal Harmony in India and the World which was organized by Yuvsatta, a well known, NGO, in collaboration with the National Foundation for Communal Harmony in Chandigarh. The Programme was held in Punjab University, Chandigarh. The Plenary Session was addressed by Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, Hon'ble Governor of Punjab and Haryana, and by Amb Ashok Sajjanhar, Secretary, NFCH. Dr Grover, Vice Chancellor of Punjab University delivered the Vote of Thanks.

    In his Address, the Hon'ble Governor spoke at length about the difference between ''dharma'' and ''religion'' emphasizing that all religions have a given holy book which emanates from a particular spiritual leader and contains several Do's and Dont's. On the contrary, the Hindu Dharma is a way of living and conducting oneself through one's life. This has evolved organically over the last several millennia and has treated the whole universe in an inclusive, all encompassing manner. He exhorted all participants to respect all religions and promote the sentiments and ethos of ''Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'' - The whole world is a family.

    Amb Ashok Sajjanhar addressed and referred to the manner in which the Indian civilization has evolved over the last several thousand years with waves upon waves of immigrants coming and settling down in India. People have come to India as seekers, students, disciples, traders, travellers and sometimes also as invaders and conquerors. All of them have stayed back, giving a part of their own thoughts and ideas and imbibing others from this great, ancient land. In a similar manner, from time immemorial, people from the Indian sub-continent have travelled to other lands as preachers, traders, travelers and conquerors. They have taken and shared their own beliefs and convictions with the foreign lands and brought their ideas and way of living to India. India hence represents a palimpsest comprising of different layers of different thoughts, ideas, convictions and beliefs, one upon the other. India has co-existed with diverse, at times totally divergent thoughts for many thousand years. India represents an outstanding example of pluralistic harmonious co-existence over many thousands of years. It is essential for the country to stay on the same path of inclusiveness for it to continue as a safe, secure, stable, peaceful and prosperous society.

    The Conference was attended by a large number of teachers and educators who were encouraged to ensure that in addition to teaching subjects like physics, mathematics, languages etc., the students were also taught value and moral education so that they grow up to become responsible and good citizens of the country and the world.