Sadbhavana Rally (Aurangabad)

 

Padamshri Sikander Ali Wajd Memorial Trust, Aurangabad, Maharashtra  organized  Sadbhavana Rally  on 26th March 2011 in  Parbhani for promoting harmony among various communities and develop the spirit of national integration specially among students belonging to different culture, languages and customs etc.  with the financial assistance provided by the Foundation. Approximately 10,000 students, teachers, members of civil society participated in the four Km. Sadbhavana Rally. The Rally was flagged off by Mrs. Fauzia Khan, Hon’ble Minister of State, Government of Maharashtra. The Sadbhavana Rally passed through main roads of Parbhani town having mixed population of different communities. The Rally was led by the Police Band, Police Personnel followed by Home Guards.

 

Meet to promote National Integration and Communal Harmony  (New Delhi)

 

 

The All India Islahe Anjuman Siddiqui, Delhi. organized a meet to promote national integration and communal harmony on 24th February 2011 at Mavlankar Hall, New Delhi  with the financial assistance provided by the Foundation. Shri Shri Prakash Jaiswal, Union Cabinet Minister, Shri Ali Anwar, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and other dignitaries from different walks of life attended the meet. Students of Lal Bahadur Shastri Public School, Vaishali, Ghaziabad presented a nukud natak on the theme of child education, development, national integration and communal harmony in the meet.

 

Interfaith Harmony Dialogue (New Delhi)

 

 

The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) organized an Interfaith Harmony Dialogue on the 3rd February 2011 at New Delhi. Important leaders of the interfaith movement representing different religions & faiths participated in that dialogue to promote peace and harmony.

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A Talk on Communal Harmony (New Delhi)

 

 

A talk on Communal Harmony was organized at  Shyamlal College, New Delhi on 20th  January 2011  in collaboration with the NSS Wing & Gandhi Study Circle, Shyamlal College and  NFCH with the objective of promoting principles of non-violence in resolving disputes between different communities.

 

 

Gandhian Strategies for Promoting Sustainable Communal Harmony and

Nonviolent Reconciliation (Gandhigram)

 

NFCH organized a Seminar on "Gandhian Strategies for Promotiing Sustainable Communal Harmony and Nonviolent Reconciliation" at Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, Tamil Nadu on 15th and 16th December 2010  in collaboration with the Department of Gandhian Thought and Peace Science, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram with the objective of promoting principles of non-violence in resolving disputes between different religious and other groups in society.

 

 

Volunteering for Inclusive Development - Actualizing the Millennium Development Goals  (New Delhi)

 

NFCH partnered in organizing a discussion on "Volunteering for Inclusive Development - Actualizing the Millennium Development Goals" with UN Volunteers, WILPF and Times Foundation at UNDP Hall, New Delhi on 13th December 2010. It helped in spreading awareness about the millennium development goals (MDGs) , specially amongst the youth volunteers.  It also helped in generating thought provoking ideas as well possible solutions on promoting volunteerism as a means to promote peace and harmony for achieving the inclusive development an important and all pervasive aspect of the MDGs.

 

 

Role of Teachers in Promoting Communal Harmony & National Integration  (Patiala)

 

NFCH organized a Seminar on "Role of Teachers in Promoting Communal Harmony & National Integration" at Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab on 29th and 30th November, 2010  in collaboration with the Sri Guru Teg Bahadur National Integration Chair, Punjabi University, Patiala  with the objective, to assess and strengthen the role of teachers in promotion of communal harmony and national integration.

 

Inter-community dialogue to promote communal harmony & national integration

and Rally for Communal Harmony (Jaipur)  

 

The Foundation provided financial assistance to  the Centre for Human Rights and Social Welfare, Jaipur, Rajasthan, for .organizing an Inter-community dialogue at Jaipur on 22nd November 2010 highlighting the issues of Indian constitution and present perspective, the challenges of caste, religion, section and regionalism, our duties/ problems/resolutions etc.  The dialogue was attended by resource persons from different walks of life. The organization also arranged a Rally for promoting communal harmony on 10th December 2010. Students from 14 schools and general masses took part in the Rally with the slogan of “Insaan ka insaan se ho bhaichara, yahin sandesh hamara”.

 

 

Seminar on ‘Role of Mothers in spreading the message of Non-violence, Peace,

Harmony and Development’ (Thiruvananthapuram)

 

The All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), Trivandrum Branch organized a Seminar on 2nd October 2010, the birthday of Father of the Nation, on ‘Role of mothers in spreading the message of non-violence, peace, harmony and development’. Smt. Indira Ramakrishna Pillai, President, AIWC paid homage to Gandhiji and explained the true meaning of Ahimsa which can be practiced to protect the world from destruction. Speakers at the Seminar elaborated the need for mothers to spend sufficient time with their children to establish a feeling of security and to embolden the children to overcome the obstacles in life that they may have to face in future. A cultural programme was also organized by the different linguistic groups, local women’s organizations and self-help groups with the theme to promote and maintain the spirit of ahimsa, peace, harmony and development.

 

 

 

Seminar on the ‘Role of the Family in Building Communal Harmony and National Integration’ (Chennai)

 

In partnership with the Foundation, the Service and Research Institute on Family and Children, organized a Seminar on the ‘Role of the Family in Building Communal Harmony and National Integration’ on 2nd October 2010 at Chennai. The seminar focused on issues disturbing communal harmony, unrest and violence in the family and the community and the role of educational systems in promoting communal harmony. The participants suggested that greater awareness should be created to see the link between the harmony and integration within families in order to achieve communal harmony and national integration.

 

         ‘Law and Sentiments - Appeal for Humanity, Peace & Harmony' (New Delhi)

 

A meeting on ‘Law and Sentiments - Appeal for Humanity, Peace & Harmony’ was organised on 21.09.2010 in the CBDT Conference Room, Lok Nayak Bhavan, New Delhi; before the High Court verdict  on the ownership of the land of Ram Janama Bhoomi - Babri Masjid.

 

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Musical concert on the theme of communal harmony and national integration (New Delhi)

 

 

Music and songs are icons of harmony in itself. This harmonious relationship among the music and song can easily be termed as an inspiration towards promoting the message of societal harmony and national integration. Foundation provided partial financial assistance to the Bhartiya Hindu Muslim Sikh Esai Ekta Samiti, Mumbai in organizing a musical concert on the theme of communal harmony and national integration on 29th July, 2010 at the India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. There was a gathering of approximately 500 persons who appreciated the programme aimed at promoting communal harmony and national integration. Shri Balram Jakhar, Ex-Governor, Madhya Pradesh; Shri Salman Khurshid, Union Cabinet Minister and Dr. Shafiquar Rehman Burk, MP (Lok Sabha) were among the dignitaries who attended musical concert and its theme. Singers and musicians tried to help spreading the message of communal harmony and national integration through the musical event.

 

 

 

Debate and slogan competition for promotion peace and harmony  (Agra)

 

To spread the message of harmony, tolerance and peace, a students’ debate, slogan competition and interfaith dialogue was organized at Agra on 13.05.2010 in collaboration with Agra Police. The theme of the programme was ‘non-violence, social harmony and national integration’. The function started with the collective singing of national anthem with PAC band. Religious leaders of Islam, Sikh, Christians and Hindus blessed the participants and emphasized that all religions teach the principle of non-violence, social harmony and national integration. Students of Government, private educational institutions and Madarsas actively participated. Awards were given to ten students for their participation in debates held during the programme. At the end of the function a community lunch was provided to the students, renowned public figures and Police officers. This programme helped in spreading the message of harmony, tolerance and peace to the masses. 

 

Northern Regional Meet  - “Promoting Partnerships”, (Lucknow)

 

The Foundation participated in the Northern Regional Meet - “Promoting Partnerships”, organized by Solution Exchange (Gender Community), United Nations, UNICEF, UNIFEM and UN Volunteers at Lucknow on 7th-8th May 2010.  The basic issues relating to the promotion of gender, family and social harmony were discussed. Representatives of the participating NGOs from northern India emphasized that the students and youth of the day need to be taught the values of non-violence and peace for development which are dependent on the harmonious relations in a society.  The meet focused on two themes - ‘Men as partners in prevention of violence against women’ and ‘Involving youth in communal harmony’.

 

Sadbhavana Sthal programme symbolizing interfaith togetherness (Vrindavan, Mathura)

 

The Guild for Service, New Delhi organized Sadbhavana Sthal programme symbolizing interfaith togetherness on 3rd April 2010 at Vrindavan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Sadbhavana Sthal (Interfaith Harmony Centre) was set up to exhibit the co-existence of different religions at a common platform. NFCH provided an amount of Rs.80,000/- as a partial support for the programme for promotion of interfaith harmony. It was envisaged that people from grassroots will gather at the Sadbhavana Sthal from time to time, to analyze causes of tension leading to communal violence and suggest ways forward. The programme began amongst the song of peace and harmony by the students. A number of representatives from the civil society and different faiths shared their views on the importance of this newly established interfaith center that can reach to the grassroots and spread the message of peace and harmony. The programme was presided over by Hon’ble Shri B. L. Joshi, Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

 

 

Communal Harmony : Challenges and our future (Gorakhpur)

NFCH organized a Seminar on "Communal Harmony : Challenges and our Future" at D.D.U. Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh on 15th to 16th February, 2010  in collaboration with the NSS, D.D.U. Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur with the objective, to sensitize the youth about the needs of promotion of communal harmony and national integration.

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Relief & Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence (Srinagar)

NFCH organized a Seminar on "Relief & Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence" at SKICC, Srinagar on 7th October, 2009  in collaboration with the J&K State Rehabilitation Council with the objective, inter-alia, to sensitize the implementing authorities about the need for timely and effective rehabilitation of victims and effectiveness of ongoing rehabilitation schemes in the State.

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Ensuring Harmony: The Role of Police and Civil Society (Guwahati)

In order to sensitize the police force to play an effective role in promoting values of communal harmony, the NFCH organized one day Seminar on the theme “Ensuring Harmony: The Role of Police and Civil Society” at Guwahati (Assam) on 23rd September, 2009 in collaboration with the Assam Police. The Seminar helped in extending message to the Police force that while performing their duties they are also acting as an ambassador for promoting communal harmony.

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Promoting Principles of Non-Violence for Harmony and National Integration (Mysore)

In July 2009, Mysore witnessed communal violence and bloody clashes resulting in rampage, damage of public property, loss of life and clash with police personnel. In this backdrop, NFCH organized a Sadhbhavana Rally and a Seminar on "the promotion of value of Non-Violence, Harmony and National Integration at Mysore on 1st September, 2009  in collaboration with the Mysore City Police. The Seminar successed in extending the message of promoting harmony, peace and national integration and adoption of principles of non-violence for resolving conflicts.

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Role of Police in Promotion of Communal Harmony (Bhubaneswar)

In order to sensitize the police force to play on effective role in bringing the problems of communal dis-harmony under control by conveying proper information to the public about impending communal discord or potential communal flare up and by removing fear from the minds of the persons of different communities living together, the NFCH organized one day Seminar on the theme of “Role of Police in promotion of Communal Harmony” at Bhubaneswar (Orissa) on 18th August, 2009 in collaboration with the Biju Patanik State Police Academy. The Seminar has helped in extending message to the Police force that while performing their duties they are also acting as an ambassador for promoting communal harmony.

Promotion of the Principles of Non-Violence, Peace and Harmony (Yamuna Nagar)

 

 

In the backdrop of the sectarian violence in Haryana and Punjab during May 2009 due to the fatal incident in Vienna, Austria, NFCH organized Sadhbavana Rally followed by a seminar on the theme of “Promotion of the Principles of Non-Violence, Peace and Harmony” in the twin cities i.e. Jagadhri and Yamuna Nagar in Haryana in collaboration with the District Police Administration on 29th July 2009. A comedy called “Hinsa Perma Dharma” based on the story of Munsi Prem Chand , depicting the life of a common human  being who is all innocent but whose innocence is defiled by the so-called Dharma Gurus was played by Jan Natya Manch, Kurukeshetra. These programmes have  heartily influenced the masses and succeeded in spreading the message of non-violence, peace and harmony.

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Ek Sham Shahidon Ke Naam (New Delhi)

(An evening devoted to the memory of martyrs

'Ek Sham Shahidon Ke Naam' A tribute to our martyrs who laid their lives for the nation, a colourful function organized by Shikhar: Organisation for Social Development (SOSD) in collaboration with the Foundation on 28th March, 2009 at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.   

 

Role of Women in Promotion of Communal Harmony & National Integration (Indore)

 

To make the women aware about the communal harmony; to chalk out a work plan for wider dissemination of the role of women in promoting communal harmony; and to make them aware about their role and responsibilities during a communal strife, National Foundation for Communal Harmony organized a seminar on the 20th March 2009 on the theme of "Role of Women in Promotion of Communal Harmony & National Integration at Indore (M.P.) in collaboration with All India Women's Conference, New Delhi.

 

Role of Education in Promotion of Communal Harmony (Azamgarh & Mau)

 

 

Foundation and Uttar Pradesh Police organized the students' debate on the theme "Education, Students and Communal Harmony" at police Line Azamgarh and Mau district of Uttar Pradesh on 29th and 30th January, 2009 respectively. 100 selected students participated in debate.

 

Role of Police in Promotion of Communal Harmony & National Integration (Thrissur)

 

The National Foundation for Communal Harmony in collaboration with the Kerala Police Academy , Thrissur has conducted the seminar on the theme of  “the Role of Police in Promotion of Communal Harmony and National Integration” on 12the February, 2009. More than 100 officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police and Circle Inspector of Police who are the middle level officers interacting and managing communal issues directly and working for promotion of communal harmony and national integration in their day today work, has participated. Before the seminar, a Sadbhavana Rally for promotion of communal harmony and national integration was organized. Local people joined hands with police and participated in the rally which started from the heart of the city and the academy in the early morning hours  with a stretch of  7 kilometers. Near about 500 persons participated in the rally including senior police officers and sportsmen of international level.  Such rallies give  feeling of oneness in the minds of participants and spectators. The seminar commenced at 0930 hours with an inaugural function and ended at 1800 hours with a valedictory function. The seminar was inaugurated by Shri Jacob Tunnoose, Director General of Police, Kerala state. Shri P.G. J. Namboothiri, retired DGP Gujarat state, Shri B.S. Mohammed Yasin, IGP & Director Kerala Police Academy, Shri Vijayanand, IGP Thrissur range, Kerala, Swami Prasantananda, H.G. Mar Aprem, Imam Mohammed Faisi Onampilly took active part in the deliberations.