New Delhi, December 10, 2012: Tony Blair Faith Foundation recently organised a lecture by Mr. Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on the topic – Religious Pluralism in a Secular India. The lecture aimed at paving the way for stronger interfaith and religious understanding in India. It proved to be an enriching experience for Mr. D. K. Bedi, Principal of Apeejay School, Pitampura and Mrs. Savita Panhotra, PGT-English who attended the lecture at the two-day conference held at The Claridges in New Delhi.
The lecture comprised the keynote session of the conference which included an opening address from Dr. Karan Singh, former Education Minister, and other prominent speakers including Justice Rajinder Sachar, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court; Ms. Suhasini Haidar, CNN-CBN; Ms. Nisha Agrawal, CEO of Oxfam India; Mr. Saeed Naqvi, Senior Journalist, Indian Express and Mr. Gurcharan Das, Academic and Author.
Mr. Tony Blair shared, “I am delighted to be here in India, discussing how religion impacts the lives of millions in this country and what we can learn from it. India’s rich and religiously diverse population, living under its burgeoning democracy, has much to offer the rest of the world.” He frankly answered the volley of questions posed to him by the select gathering of intellectuals, educationists and members of the media, pitching in for better understanding among nations and multi-religious cultures to pave the way for world peace and understanding.