This book is a collection of abstracts of 66 papers presented at Two-day National Seminar on “Globalization, Multiculturalism and Peace-building in the XXI Century: Prospects and Challenges” during 19-20 April 2014. Two-day National Seminar was jointly organized by Indialogue Foundation, Interfaith FoundationIndia and Center for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The Seminar was held and inaugurated at Convention Center, JNU by Honourable Dr. Karan Singh (President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, GoI), Amb. Ashok Sajjanhar (Chairman, National Foundation for Communal Harmony, GoI), Dr. Ahmet Muharrem Atlig (Secretary General, Journalists and Writers Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey) and Swami Shantatmananda (Head of the Ramakrishna Mission New Delhi). The second day of Seminar was hosted at Indialogue Center, New Delhi.
Today, even a small occurrence in any part of the world affects the entire globe. We are not immune to events which are happening in other continents. In this respect, peace-building initiatives, interfaith dialogue, culture education and awareness programs are imperative in the contemporary society. Many nations have realized that “multiculturalism” is a sterling value, which citizens should imbibe in their daily life. The nations should launch extensive programs to spread these universal values.
It is a human nature to get frightened at the idea of a strange thing. When anybody hears a strange noise while walking in a dark street, his first reaction is one of fear. But after finding that the noise was caused by an innocent small kitten, his reaction converts into love, care and sympathy. It is so essential to study and promote intercultural values, interfaith dialogue and peace-building initiatives to lay the foundation for peaceful coexistence, harmony and brotherhood.
In this regard, the organizers selected Globalization, Multiculturalism and Peace-building as the seminar theme and invited eminent academics, research scholars, research fellows and peace activists to send their Abstracts/Papers to be presented at this memorable Seminar.