National Integration and National Reconciliation are the key to restoring dharma in the nation. i.e., justness in every aspect of life to every Indian. No one is more privileged than the others.
Here is a note outlining the framework of such conversation.
The mission is simple – to build a cohesive India where no Indian feels apprehensive or fearful of the other.
There is a need to revisit the structure of our society and bring about a change, and every change in the society starts with a few individuals and gains momentum as it gets understood by friends and eventually people at large.
The first and foremost change is “resetting” our attitudes back to our pluralistic ethos, i.e., an attitude of respecting the otherness of others and accepting the God-given uniqueness of each one of us. India is home to such practice and it is time to restore that dharma as an antidote to the divisiveness that is tearing our social fabric apart.
A nation’s strength rests on two solid feet – one is the economic prosperity and the other is cohesiveness of the society. A deficiency in one will cause the whole system to weaken. India needs a strong 2nd leg to stand firmly with stability and sustainability.
This is bound to create conflicts in airports, public spaces, board rooms, and in bedrooms as well as places of worship, work places, politics, eateries, and schools.
It is our responsibility to prevent chaos and maintain coherence and stability with the ongoing changes. We need to prepare the next generation to cope with these changes and minimize potential conflicts with ease. Let’s stay focused on peace and prosperity and not conflicts and confusion.
The Center for Pluralism is committed to do its share of nation building.
Our programs are geared to bring Indians together often, patterned after what we are doing successfully in the United States. The more often we see each other in social, cultural, civic, religious and other settings, the stronger the dose would be against divisiveness, resulting in fewer misunderstandings and misconceptions among us.
Here is a one line summary of our programs. Our programs will reflect pluralism in religion, politics, culture and society, including pluralism in cuisine, costumes and wisdom of Spiritual masters. Each one of the programs has been in action for the last twenty years or brand new for this year.
We also need to reassure each other, particularly those who may be troubled by the changing paradigms and demographics of the society that we are committed to safeguarding the Indian way of life. As Indians, we are dedicated to upholding, protecting, defending and celebrating the values of liberty and freedom enshrined in our Constitution and the ideals of Vasudhaiva Kutumbukum enunciated in the Hindu tradition and strengthened by the Islamic and Christian values that we call came from Adam and Eve and as such we are one big family.
CFP is committed to vigorously promoting and advancing the principle of pluralism in the realm of religion, politics, social and cultural affairs. It will continue to focus its energies on ensuring a safe and secure India for all, as we move through uncertain times.
We are passing the problems on to the next generation, aren't we suppose to leave a better world for the next generation? How long are we going to be carrying ill-will and revengeful attitudes?