Indialogue Foundation is an action-oriented international dialogue and peace organization, was founded in 2005 in New Delhi, through imagination and fortune of a group of Turkish and Indian people. Foundation is inspired by sensible and spiritual thoughts of the eminent scholars and spiritual leaders of the world. Its objectives are to champion proactive studies, to pioneer international, intercultural and interfaith dialogue initiatives and to promote universal values as love, respect, harmony, co-existence, cooperation, care and peace. Indialogue contributes to information exchange and networking on current issues of dialogue and peace building through its analyses and reports as well as academic and social meetings and conferences. Indialogue Foundation envisions eradicating polarization, animosity and prejudice among communities and groups through its academic, social, interfaith and cultural events, programs and projects.
Indialogue recalls taking other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace and to achieve the objectives in promoting and encouraging respect for religions, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without discrimination or distinction as to religion, culture, race, gender, language, etc.
Organization’s name derived from combination of two words “In” and ”Dialogue”, which literally means being “in dialogue with people”. It also can be stated as “India” and “Dialogue” which will refer to be “in dialogue in India”. The mission statement of the organization is “Dialogue for Peace”. Through both meanings and mission statement, Indialogue strives to be a dynamic and prominent civil society institution in India that will be an address for causes of peace building, reconciliation and inclusive & responsible development.
Indialogue logo represented by Chakra a wheel of a cart. Chakra in its originality is Ashoka Chakra which is a symbolism of peace in Indian mythologies, which is also represented today at central part of Indian National Flag. Each arrows of Ashoka Chakra symbolises human virtues as Love, Peacefulness, Faithfulness, Selflessness, Sacrifice, Truthfulness, Justice, Mercy, Goodness, etc. In Indialogue’s logo there are ten small and ten big arrows, the big arrows are coloured with different colours to represent diversity of human kind and connected in central part for fundamental oneness of all human beings.
Indialogue Foundation in its nine years tenure in India with five offices in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore has organized number of notable interfaith forums, cultural events, academic conferences, contests, study trips, etc. Indialogue developed good relationships with several civil society organizations, university academics, intellectuals, community leaders and general public. And these associations resulted in collaborative efforts in organizing socially beneficial endeavours.
One of the striking activities of Indialogue are annual Gandhi Jayanti Seminar focusing each year on different aspects of Gandhian thought, the papers are invited to focus on Gandhi’s perspective and other treasured philosophical trends. In 2014, the theme of the seminar was “Embracing the Other”. Some other noteworthy events are Turkish Cultural Festivals, Contests, National Seminars focusing for Peace, Study trips and annual Interfaith Dialogue on Common Values.
Indialogue Foundation is especially inspired by teachings and exemplary life of the M. Fethullah Gulen. Who is an authoritative mainstream Turkish Muslim scholar, opinion leader and educational activist who supports interfaith and intercultural dialogue, democracy, human rights and spirituality, and opposes violence and turning religion into a political ideology. Gulen promotes cooperation of civilizations toward a peaceful world, as opposed to a clash. He has authored over 80 books. Many books have been translated to different languages. His philosophy is well accepted in East and West. He strongly denounced terror activities carried during 9/11 and condemned current atrocities committed by ISIS terror outfit. He advocated the necessity of interfaith dialogue in 1990s; he personally met with many religious and community leaders, including Pope John Paul II, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos, and Jewish Sephardic Head Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron.