India is a very important player in the two-day global conference of
faiths and civilisations that opened in this Kazakh capital
Wednesday, a top diplomat says.
"India is a very
important country (for the meet). In fact, India is a country that
is even more multi-faceted (than the event's hosts)," Doulat
Kuanyshev, ambassador-at-large in the Kazakhstan foreign ministry,
said of the third Congress of World and Traditional Religions that
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev inaugurated.
Noting that both
Hindus and Muslims were representing India at the Congress, he said:
"They (the two communities bring specific inputs to the
In this context,
he singled out the contribution of Kala Dhananjay Acharya, the
director of the Somaiya Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham, who is both a
delegate at the congress and a member of its permanent secretariat.
"I am fascinated
by Acharya's work with the secretariat. She has been able to bring
both a theoretical and scientific language into its work. I find her
most rationalistic," Kuanyshev added.
represented at the meet by 17 delegates. Five each are
representatives of Hindus, Muslims and Zoroastrianism, while three
from the Swaminarayan sect are special invitees.
clerics and leaders from 60 nations, including India, have gathered
for the two-day meet to deliberate on the prospects of peaceful
coexistence among the world's religions amid growing extremism and
Being held at a
unique pyramid-shaped building here, the conference is a bold
reminder to the world that people of different faiths and ethnic
backgrounds can and should live together in peace, its organisers
monument, Palace of Peace and Concord, rising more than 200 feet
high has been built specially for the meeting of world religions.
At the end of the
inaugural congress in 2003, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Jew, Hindu
and Tao leaders adopted a declaration stating that "extremism,
terrorism and other forms of violence in the name of religion... are
threats to human life and should be rejected". The second Congress
was held in 2007.
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