Inter-Civilisational Dialogue IN A GLOBALISING WORLD
international conference on “Inter-Civilisational Dialogue in a Globalising
World” organised in New Delhi under the auspices of the Institute of
Objective Studies, New Delhi on 8-10 April, 2005 sought to highlight the
imperative of inter-religious, inter-cultural and inter-civilisational
dialogue and cooperation in the context of a rapidly globalising world. It
noted that the process of globalising has brought into relief the scale and
ramifications of political, social and ethnic conflicts across the world and
their horrifying consequences. At the same time, globalisation has also
afforded, thanks to the incredible advances in information and communication
technologies, enormous opportunities and prospects for interaction, exchange
and cooperation among different peoples, cultures and civilisations.
In the light of the presentations made at
the conference and the deliberations and discussions that followed, the
following resolutions were approved by the delegates and participants.
There is an urgent need to harness the creative potential and
energies of religious traditions in the service of global peace and
harmonious coexistence among different peoples, religious communities and
ethnic groups. An important prerequisite of inter-civilisational dialogue
is creating and sustaining an atmosphere of mutual trust, compassion and
Asian religious and cultural traditions have made an enormous
contribution to inter-religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence and cultural
synthesis. This continuing legacy has immense relevance and salience for
inter-cultural and inter-civilisational dialogue, which needs to be
projected and highlighted in the contemporary world.
In order to broaden the base of inter-cultural understanding and
dialogue and to disseminate the message of inter-cultural and
inter-religious harmony and amity among large sections of the society, there
should be the widest possible cooperation and collaboration among
institutions and agencies that are engaged in promoting inter-cultural
understanding at different levels and in different parts of the world. This
has become necessary in the context of the growing importance of the
institutions of civil society.
Modern information and communication technologies should be
harnessed for disseminating the message of inter-cultural understanding and
harmonious coexistence and for networking with like-minded individuals,
institutions and NGOs. It will be fruitful to start a website for the
purpose of fostering intercultural, inter-religious and inter-civilisational
dialogue and reconciliation.
The Conference recommends the setting up of a Centre for
Inter-Cultural Dialogue and Reconciliation at New Delhi, which will serve as
a nodal agency for addressing the concerns articulated at the conference.