To further the idea of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ which means the whole world as ‘one family’, to every corner of the world, an event titled ‘Sadbhawna’ was organised by the NID Foundation in association with Indian Minorities Foundation (IMF) and Namdhari Sikh Society.
Held at Bunjil Palace, Melbourne on April 23, the event was attended by various religious leaders, intellectuals, scholars, preachers and researchers.
While addressing the conference Satnam Singh Sandhu, chief patron of the NID Foundation, said that people belonging to different communities and religions have lived in India for centuries and all believed in communal harmony.
“Guru Granth Sahib is the best example of religious harmony and unity because it contains not only the teachings of nine Sikh Gurus but also the teachings of fifteen Bhagats and 11 Bhatts as well,” Sandhu said. He also presented the book ‘Heartfelt-The Legacy of Faith’ which showcases the contributions and work done by PM Modi for the Sikh community.
Lauding the Prime Minister for transforming the global image of India, Ambassador Manpreet Vohra, High Commissioner of India to Australia said, “India is part- partner of every important global grouping bilateral, multilateral like QUAD and all this has been possible due to the recent development that has taken place during the last decade.”
A member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Victoria, Dr Tariq Butt, who is from Pakistan and now lives in Australia, appreciated the event as an initiative for bringing Hindu and Muslim communities together on one platform. Philip James Huggins, the Bishop of the Anglican Church of Australia, said that the Sadbhawna event had the spirit of friendship and love.
“Vishwa Sadbhawna has brought representatives of different faiths on a common platform who believe in universal peace, one family, one world, and one future,” Srinivasan from the Hindu Temple of Victoria said.
NID Foundation is a non-profit non-government organization of Chandigarh University which works on various nation-building projects in association with the government.