To promote peace, unity and brotherhood, the department of Philosophy and Religion Salesian College, Dimapur organized a seminar on July 16 under the theme “Religious Tolerance: Challenges and Prospects.” The seminar highlighted on the issue of religious tolerance, co-existence and freedom of expression.
At the programme, keynote speaker Salesian College Sonada, Darjeeling, vice principal Rev. Fr. Noby George, said that historically India has been a country that has given birth and nurtured a number of world religions.
He said that India stands as an example to the world as a country of tolerance and religious freedom. However, he said precaution was to be taken as some fundamentalist forces could become sources of religious divisions.
Assistant Professor Rev. Br. Jerry, presented a paper on “Harmony in Religious Pluralism: A Panikkarian Perspective” which emphasized the need to discover the integral union that lies hidden among various religions of the world. Philosophy honours students also presented four other papers.
Salesian College, Dimapur principal, Fr. Policarp Xalxo also exhorted the participants to take a step forward from mere toleration of other religions and begin to love and respect the good values that are present in them.
More than 200 students participated in the event. The programme followed interactive session with the speaker wherein the participants could put forward their queries.
Later, participants in general expressed their satisfaction and returned with a firm resolution to put in to practice the lines of action emerged in the discussion.