People attended the conclave
New interfaith friendships established
Schools & colleges approached
Flyers of Harmony Message distributed
Social Media reach
Personalities awarded with Mumbai Hero Title
The Emperor Banquet, NSCI, Worli, Mumbai - 400026 (INDIA)
4PM - 10PM, 03 Feb 2019
Religious scholars, government representative and professionals
Free Entry, all faith welcome
A platform where religious scholars of various faith, US Consulate, Army major, media & film personalites, entrepreneurs and government officials have discussed various path breaking strategies for interfaith harmony and social upliftment.
Various events before and during the conclave were undertaken to propagate the message of
interreligious harmony and celebration of UN Interfaith Harmony Week.
In order to reach maximum people with the message of upcoming Humanity First Conclave, Blossom Media conducted pre-event engagements with campaigns like 'make a friend from other faiths', competition for students on 'communal harmony message', handbills distribution at various schools and colleges, public places, club Houses etc.
Heads of five major religions participated in the panel discussion. The discussion was divided into two sessions. In the first session the speakers quoted their respective religious scriptures about love and respect with the fellow human being and in the second session, they talked about commonalities, way out for mutual and peaceful co-existence.
A silent skit on interfaith harmony and love was performed by the special (partially blind, mentally retarded) children from Ummeed Foundation School. It connected well with the audience and set the tone of the event. Audience and religious heads rewarded the children for their wonderful act, which beautifully exhibiting the message of peace and unity.
For Indians, Poetry is a mean of entertainment and leaves a great impact of the message conveyed; hence a session of poetry on interfaith harmony was included. The participating poets were Quaisar Khalid (IPS) - Inspector General Police, Ms. Atika Farooqui - Creative director of Colors TV and Atul Agarwal - Chairman of a reputed real estate developers association in India.
A 'Mumbai Heroes' award was conferred on individuals working for the society without discrimination. The winners were selected from various religions and were honored from the hands H.E. Edgard D Kagan the CG of US in Mumbai and other dignitaries. The coffee table book featuring work on interfaith harmony and the winners' profile was also released in the conclave.
Case studies on the subject of the peace movement and social service with no discrimination were included in the conclave. The idea was to inspire people to take up the work for peace and social welfare. Sir Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala, Peace Ambassador of “International Association of Educators for World Peace”, an affiliate body of UN and Parvez Fareed of Ummeed Foundation spoke about their journey.
Indoor Saplings named 'harmony plants' were inaugurated by the hands of religious heads and later was distributed to each one in the conclave. The idea was to remind people about the importance of nature and their active role in serving all without discrimination. The indoor harmony saplings will be a reminder for them about its purpose i.e. harmony.
Making friends from other faiths takes prejudices away and new insights into his religion develops. With this intention, we started pre-event engagement with the campaign 'make new friends from other faiths' and also repeated it in the conclave. We were successful in establishing around 750 new friendships among different faiths.
One of the important events during the conclave was a signature campaign. Various dignitaries and religious heads signed the pledge board to support the cause of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week organized by Blossom media. This activity helped us in garnering their support in spreading the words of harmony and peace to other affluent members of the society.
India is a food-loving nation. Every community boost of its special cuisines. Inviting people for sumptuous dinner and serving popular cuisines from various communities at multi-faith harmony dinner in the conclave clicked well. People enjoyed the delicacies served and it paved the way for positive conversation over dinner. Dishes from Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Zoroastrian, Buddhist and Sikh communities were served.
Glimpse of various activities undertaken before and during the conclave to boost inter religious harmony.
Spiritual heads of various faiths shared the message of
peace, harmomy and art of living with differences
A diocesan priest represnted, The Archbishop of Bombay, holds Doctorate in Theology from Institute Catholique in Paris.
An Alim from Darul Uloom Deoband, Minister of Mass Education and Library in Government of West Bengal
PhD in Buddhist Lit. and member of World Buddha Sangha Council, Taiwan. Founder of International Sarvodaya Maha Buddha
He is Hon. Sec at Iran League & Cusrow Baug Agiary Trust and Trustee of Saronda Parsi Jarthosti Anjuman
He heads one of the biggest and oldest Gurudwara in Mumbai city and holds Master degree in Sikhism missionary studies.
A master in Islamic Theology and Jurisprudence from Jamia Nadwatul Ulama, India and Al-Azhar University, Egypt.
Following guests have graced the conclave and presented their views on
Interfaith Harmony, Love God Love Neighbour and Peace Movement.
A 1989 graduate cum laude of Yale University, Edgard worked for the New York City Bureau of Bridges prior to joining the State Department. He speaks French and Mandarin Chinese as well as some Hungarian and Spanish.
He is the receiver of Knighthood and the Title ‘His Highness’. He is appointed as peace Ambassador for South Asia by the “International Association of Educators for World Peace”, an affiliate body of the United Nations.
Shah is a film actor a former soldier and son of Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah. He is a member of the board of the International Film and Entertainment Festival of Australia where he has won two awards.
Poetry session on celebrating Interfaith Harmony.
Poets belonging to (Police, Media and Business) respectable profession recited their work.
An officer of the Indian Police Service and an Urdu poet, Khalid has written two anthologies of Urdu poetry which are available in Hindi and Urdu. He is a winner of Maharashtra State Urdu Sahitya Academy Award.
She had launched 6 channels in 15 years which are India’s prestigious news channels like Star News, IBN7, E24/News24, and now Colors. She produces and hosts a popular celebrity chat show Rishtey Cineplex.
He is the Chairman and Trustee of one of the biggest real estate developer's association of Maharashtra state. Agrawal has received accolades across the country for his poetry. He has been writing for almost 35 years.
Some winners of prestigious award representing different faith.
He is an active social worker since 1972. His NGO helps thousands of destitute, widows, students and needy people. Harmony and unity among different casts and creed is his priority.
She is a champion of woman emancipation especially self-defence and sexual harassment. She is the voice of oppressed woman across all ages and community. She has trained more than one million students through her self defence program.
He has done pest control activities in the tsunami affected area in India on a voluntary basis. This generous act has been featured in US based Pest Control Industry magazine PCT. His efforts have encouraged the pest control industry to follow the same.
He is president of one of the largest educational institutions of India. He was one of the Pioneers to start Ultrasound in the City of Mumbai and is the recipient of several awards for his contributions in medicine and education.
She started 'Women Empowerment Scheme' wherein housewives from middle-class families and slum-dwellers have been benefited out of the micro business opportunities, ideas and training.
His company through its CSR activities has donated to many NGOs working for the cancer treatment. It has donated ambulance to many hospitals. He initiated campaigns for welfare of people focusing areas of education and healthcare.
She fights for the rights and rehabilitation of young women who find themselves homeless. Around 400 beneficiaries have found shelter with her efforts thus provided them opportunities for their economic and social development.
His foundation provides cardiac care and treatment to thousands of patients from economically weaker section of society every year. Soon he will start a mobile cathlab which will solve the issues of accessibility and affordability of rural patients.
Inclusion is the path to the coexistence we need to build strong successful countries. Today, let all people, Muslim and non-Muslim, reach out to each other. In the hands of friendship, we have the power to grasp a better future for our entire world.