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About IIDI 

International Interfaith Dialogue India (IIDI) is a non-profit voluntary organization established in 2009 at Kochi, to promote religious harmony and peace by positive interfaith dialogue. The objective is to be attained by highlighting and activating the moral and social values which are shared by all religions. Dialogical approach is the only easy and effective way to remove bias and mistrust which will help to build bridges between the followers of different religious traditions. Religious and spiritual traditions shape the lives of billions in wise and wonderful ways. They gather people in communities of shared beliefs and practices. Diverse communities working in harmony for the common good, is the only hope for the world to get transformed positively. However, too often, religion has been abused as an instrument for division and injustice, betraying the very ideals and teachings that lie at the heart of each of the world's great religious traditions.

We seek to promote inter-religious harmony, rather than monolithic unity of all religions. We firmly believe that inter-religious harmony is an attainable and highly desirable goal. Such an approach respects, and is enriched by, the particularities of each tradition. We believe that various religions have a shared commitment to ethical principles. This shared commitment has opened the way for a new era of cooperative action among the world's religious and spiritual communities as well as civil and political societies.

Vision & Mission

International Interfaith Dialogue India (IIDI) is a non-profit voluntary, non-governmental, apolitical organization established in 2009 at Kochi, Kerala, to promote interfaith dialogue for peaceful coexistence of earth-mates. The basic driving principle is to bring peace among the followers of all religionsby Positive dialogue – ie, by highlighting only the moral and social values shared in common by all religions and traditions. This will remove bias and misunderstanding among the followers of different religions about other religions, which will help to build bridges between them. We firmly believe that the world religions can play a vital role in the moral and spiritual development ofhumanity. This will effectively check the evils, which have resulted in the steep decline of societal values.

The bold and futuristic endeavor of International Interfaith Dialogue India is to sustain the fragrance and beauty in being diverse - keeping the diversity intact. It is a platform to work in harmony for promoting human values that all religions agree to stand for. India, being a pluralistic nation with various world religions, the vision of positive dialogue only will help to put an end to communal violence, religious extremism and misuse of religion for political gains.

India: Pluralistic Theatre

India has always been the citadel of multiculturalism for thousands of years. We find ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse people in this subcontinent. The Indian constitution guarantees absolute religious freedom. But unfortunately most religions in India today follow a culture of debate to project their own religion as superior to others. This negative approach and style presently followed and practiced by the various religious propagandists, where people of any religions other than one’s own are thoroughly exposed and defeated, is instilling hatred and fear in the hearts of common mass. This negative approach blurred our vision and has further created vengeance, communal clashes, and widened the gap among the followers of various religions. Only through dialogue with various communities and ethnic groups, we can positively enrich the culture and diversity of the Indian society for the establishment of a peaceful South Asia, and establish peace and fraternity in the region and avert conflict in this volatile region.

Vision & Mission

We live in a world of difference. Yet, we are interdependent. Nowhere is learning to live with difference more important than religion. Too often, religion is misused as an instrument for division and injustice, betraying the very ideals and teachings that lie at the heart of each of the world's great traditions. At the same time, religious and spiritual traditions shape the lives of billions in wise and wonderful ways. They gather people in communities of shared beliefs and practices. When these diverse communities work in harmony for the common good, there is hope that the world can be transformed positively.

Vision

Attain peaceful coexistence by understanding and cooperation to build a safer and value-based civilized world, for us and also for our future generation

Mission

To bring about positive social change by positive dialogue highlighting the moral and social values shared in common by all religions and traditions.

Strategy

Advance mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation among people from diverse backgrounds by focusing on the themes of education, volunteerism and civic initiatives.

Tactics

Holding interfaith positive dialogues, individual and family meets, get-togethers, seminars, visits, care and share initiatives etc, using all latest multimedia communication and psychological technics.

Dynamics

Religion consists of Doctrines, Rites and Values. Of this, Doctrines and Rites are different for most religions. But Values are same for all religion and it forms the major part of every religion. Even doctrines and rites are devised to cultivate values for some religions mostly and most religions partly.IIDI concentrates on this value area only and hence it is inherently positive. Further, positive aspects of every religion is only highlighted and negative aspects, if any, are never discussed, intentionally. Thus our approach is doubly positive and we call it POSITIVE DIALOGUE.

Patrons & Dignitaries

  • Padmabhushan Dr. K. J. Yesudas, Chief Patron

    dr-kj-yesudasDr. Yesudas is perhaps the most popular Indian Carnatic musician and playback singer. He has rendered more than 50,000 songs in many languages. He is fondly called Gana Gandharvan (The Celestial Singer). He has been conferred with Padma Shri in 1975 and the Padma Bhushan in 2002 for his great contributions towards arts. He firmly believes that all religious teachings are one and the same - the lesson of love.

  • Jagadguru Swami Shakaracharya Onkaranand Saraswathi Maharaj, Patron

    shankaracharyaosJagadguru Swami Shakaracharya Onkaranand Saraswathi Maharaj is the head of Prayag Peeth, Parmatama Math, He is the lifetime President of Vishwa Kalyan Parishad (World Welfare Council), which is a trust formulated to promote interfaith harmony, world peace and also for the propagation of Sanatan Dharma.

  • Justice P. K. Shamsuddin, Chairman

    chairman-justice-pk-shamsudheenJustice P. K. Shamsuddin is a former Justice, Kerala High Court. He is also a well-known public intellectual who is active in the spheres of prohibition, interfaith and peace activities. Further, he is a champion of human rights and has authored a book on human rights.

  • Fr. Dr. Albert Nambiaparambil, Patron

    fr-albertnambiaparambil Fr. Dr. Albert Nambiaparambil is the founder of WFIRC (World Fellowship of Inter Religious Council) and its first Secretary General. He is the pioneer in Interfaith and peace activities in India. He is also author of several books related to interfaith thoughts.

  • Swami Agnivesh, Patron

    swamy-agniveshSwami Agnivesh is an Indian politician and former Member of Legislative Assembly of Haryana. He is an Arya Samaj scholar, and social activist. He is best known as the founder of Bonded Labour Liberation Front, (1981). He has served as Chairman of United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Form of Slavery from 1994 to 2004. He is also the winner of Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Peace Prize) during 2004.

  • Prof. M. D. Nalapat, President

    president-prof-md-nalapatProf. M. D. Nalapat is an Indian expert in geopolitics & columnist. He is currently the Editorial Director of The Sunday Guardian and ITV network (India). He is the also the Vice- Chairman of Manipal University's Advanced Research Group, and Director of the Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University. He was the Coordinating Editor of the Times of India and editor of the Mathrubhumi- Malayalam Daily.

  • K. P. Ramanunni, Vice President

    general-secretary-kp-ramanunniK. P. Ramanunni is a well-known novelist and short -story writer who hails from Kerala, India. His first novel Sufi Paranja Katha (The Story which Sufi has Told) won Kerala Sahitya Akademi award in 1995 and his latest novel Daivathinte Pusthakam (God's Own Book) won 2011 Vayalar Award.

  • Dr. N. M. Sharafuddhin, Secretary General

    secretary-general-dr-nm-sharafuddinDr. N. M. Sharafuddhin is rigorously engaged in the business of Travel, Tourism, Human Resources, Consultancy, and Online Services. He is actively involved in various social, commercial and industrial organizations. Further he is the Director of Kerala Chamber of Commerce and, Managing Committee Member of KMEA Engineering College. He is the recipient of NDTV Most Influential Person in Travel Industry Award 2015.

  • Abdul Aziz V. K, Founder and Chief Coordinator

    secretary-general-coordinator-vk-abdulazizAbdul Aziz V. K is an extra ordinary activist of the concept of Interest-Free Participatory Banking & Co-operative Insurance and Inter-Faith & Inter -Cultural Dialogue for more than a decade. He is the founder & executive Member as well as Overseas Coordinator of the International Interfaith Dialogue, India (IIDI) which works to emancipate the concept of religious harmony. He is also the Secretary General of Jeddah based voluntary platform, Indian Forum for Interest-Free Banking (IFIB), formed to support and initiate the development of alternative investment opportunities in India, by providing ethically viable and profitable investment opportunities for the sustainable development of the nation.

About IFSED 

International Interfaith Dialogue India (IIDI) is a non-profit voluntary organization established in 2009 at Kochi, to promote religious harmony and peace by positive interfaith dialogue. The objective is to be attained by highlighting and activating the moral and social values which are shared by all religions. Dialogical approach is the only easy and effective way to remove bias and mistrust which will help to build bridges between the followers of different religious traditions. Religious and spiritual traditions shape the lives of billions in wise and wonderful ways. They gather people in communities of shared beliefs and practices. Diverse communities working in harmony for the common good, is the only hope for the world to get transformed positively. However, too often, religion has been abused as an instrument for division and injustice, betraying the very ideals and teachings that lie at the heart of each of the world's great religious traditions.

We seek to promote inter-religious harmony, rather than monolithic unity of all religions. We firmly believe that inter-religious harmony is an attainable and highly desirable goal. Such an approach respects, and is enriched by, the particularities of each tradition. We believe that various religions have a shared commitment to ethical principles. This shared commitment has opened the way for a new era of cooperative action among the world's religious and spiritual communities as well as civil and political societies. As part of our various endeavors, we are conducting an Interfaith Seminar on “Religion and Human Values” at 4PM on 3-3-2013 at Abad Plaza, Kochi.

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