Indialogue Foundation jointly organized an interfaith dialogue seminar with ‘Young People for life India’ On 9th February 2017 on the topic of “The Rise of Religious & political extremism -Impacts and Responses, Including responses to the refugee crisis” at Indialogue Foundation seminar Hall, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. The seminar was attended by leading academics, journalists, field experts, volunteers and students of different universities.
Canon Dr. Andrew Wingate OBE (an Anglican priest, and have been a theological teacher/lecturer, in TTS, Madurai; in Queen’s College in Birmingham, as Principal in the Selly Oak Colleges, connected with Birmingham University, and as Founding Director of St Philip’s Centre for Study and Engagement in a Multi Faith Society, in Leicester, the most interreligious city in Europe) was the guest lecturer of the seminar.
The seminar mainly discussed on the increasing extremist fuels on both religious and political fields. In analyzing the seminar, it covered by discussing the rise of religious extremism in many of our societies as it is one phenomenon which not only poses a danger and threat to people’s lives and security and to the consolidation of a more democratic and pluralistic political life but has also reached such an amplitude where terror reigns and solutions have become even more difficult to achieve. we can no longer ignore the impact and influence of the severely changing religious and political picture on the geo-political situation of countries and regions. Rights, economy, personal life, international relations, all these elements are marked by the disturbances that have come about in the religious or Political sphere. Same as the both religious and political Extremism, another major issue was refugee crisis in the world. With the interaction with Dr. Andrew Wingate resulted to open new doors on understanding the dangerous effects of Extremism and realized the crying tears of the refugees in the different parts of the world.
Several social activists, religious leaders and academics shared their views on the extremism and they bolded the talks of Dr. Andrew Wingate on the refugee issue. Most of the participants cleared the doubts of ‘how religious and political extremism happening’.