Panel discussion on inter-religious peace building

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/15/2019 11:50:40 AM IST

One-day panel discussion on inter-religious dialogue and peace building in Nagaland was held at Peace Channel (PC) conference hall in collaboration with People’s Forum and Dimapur Christian Forum on May 13.

A press release from PC, Garrol Lotha stated that, Rev. Dr. P. Dozo invoked God’s presence.  And Dr. Fr. C. P. Anto gave the welcome note. Dr. Fr. C. P Anto invited the younger generations to have a more vivid and diverse thinking about religion that could help in peace making. 
Dr Deben Bachaspatimaum, asst.professor of North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) facilitated the sharing and discussion sessions. Panelists from Islam, Christian, Jain and Hindu religious communities in the town shared their perspectives on how global, local peace and harmony can be realized from each religion/faith tradition. Tajuddin Ahmed from the Muslim community said that “Jihad” was generally misunderstood and misdirected but it truly means fighting the evil from within ourselves and not among different communities. He asked different religious communities to come together as one and help in the upliftment of the society and also in making peace. 
Ajay Sethi from the Jain community highlighted three key cornerstones of Jainism such as non violence, reciprocity and charity. He stressed how charity was important to achieve inner peace among the true adherents of Jainism . 
Alok Pareek from the Hindu community highlighted three main aspects of Hinduism as ways of life which included cleanliness of soul, body and environment, respect towards elders and spirituality. 
Rev.Dr. P Dozo speaking at end from Christian perspective laid high importance on reconciliation and relationship with God.
Taku Longkumer, founding member of PFP, Dimapur offered vote of thanks and benediction from Dr. Fr. C. P. Anto, director Peace Channel.

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