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Global Citizens’ Forum

Jan 27 2014

Global Citizens’ Forum

Earlier this month, the Global Citizen Forum event took place in New Delhi at the prestigious Ashoka Hotel. Pujya Swamiji has blessed the initiative from its inception in January 2013 when the Spice Group’s Chairman, Dr BK Modi, a successful businessman and a philanthropist, launched it. A special Global Citizen’s Forum event titled ‘Innovation in Spirituality’ was held at Ganga Action Parivar’s camp, led by Pujya Swamiji, during the Allahabad Kumbha Mela 2013.

The mission of the Global Citizen’s Forum is to promote inclusive development and international collaboration. The vision for the conference this year was to explore opportunities and challenges that will increase collaboration between India, China and the USA. Honorable attendees at the Forum included Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, HH Gyalwang Drukpa, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Shri Salman Khurshid (Union Cabinet Minister for External Affairs), Shri Kapil Sibal (Union Minister of Law and Justice), Shri Manish Tewari (Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting), Dr Thomas Walsh (President, Universal Peace Foundation) and so many other dignitaries from India and abroad.

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji said so beautifully that, “Indian culture has told us since time immemorial “Vasudhaiv kutumbakam”, the world is one family. Our rishis, sages and saints have told us this forever. Now, we are finally understanding and catching up! That identification as a global citizen carries within it great potential and possibilities: suddenly I am not bound – in any way — by the false boundaries of my country or my culture. The world is, literally, at my fingertips. All walls and ceilings are being shattered. It also comes though, with responsibility. Suddenly the world’s hunger, thirst and pain are my own, and my responsibility is to satiate that hunger as if it were in my own belly, quench that thirst as if it were my own parched throat, to heal that misery and pain as if it were happening in my own home. Because it is.”

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