Basic information on cookies
A cookie is a small information file that is stored in your browser every time you visit our website.
Cookies are used to keep a log of your activities on our website, in order to identify you on future visits and configure the content based on your browsing habits, identity and preferences.
Users are free to delete, accept, block and delete cookies. This can be done using the options in this window or through the browser's settings, as appropriate.
The correct operation of the different functions of our website cannot be guaranteed if cookies are rejected.
See the "COOKIES POLICY" section on our website for further details.

Kumaratunga and the Shared Societies Project address the Challenges to Pluralism in South Asia Kumaratunga and the Shared Societies Project address the Challenges to Pluralism in South Asia

Jan 102014

Kumaratunga and the Shared Societies Project address the Challenges to Pluralism in South Asia

Kumaratunga and the Shared Societies Project address the Challenges to Pluralism in South Asia

The colloquium, organized by the South Asia Policy and Research Institute (SAPRI) in partnership with the Club de Madrid, in Collombo, Sri Lanka, addressed the issues of religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence, secularism and pluralism in South Asia.Although secularism was also a topic at stake, there was a full agenda of inter- and intra-religious discussions, tackling topics as the relation between religion and politics, marginalization of religions and the woman´s role inside some religions.

Both President Kumaratunga and the Shared Societies Project Coordinator, Clem McCarteney, joined an international panel of four other eminent scholars. comprising Prof. Rajeev Bhargava (India), Prof. Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka), Dr. Christophe Jaffrelot (France) and Asma Jahangir from Pakistan. Club de Madrid Members have identified the issue of inter-group relations, overcoming divisions and hostilities and building positive relations, as one of the most important challenges that they must highlight. From their own experience they had seen the costs of social divisions and economic and social exclusion. As a result of this, the Shared Societies Project was initiated in 2007 to provide current leaders and the wider society with greater understanding of the benefits of social inclusion and ways to bring it about.

 

Related Members

GET INVOLVED

GET INVOLVED

WE CAN'T DO IT ALONE

Club de Madrid is committed to advancing democracy worldwide. With your
support, we can advance democratic values and foster social and political change.
You can help ensure a sustainable future for the next generations by joining our
efforts in a variety of ways. Here’s how you can make a difference.