The ASEAN Conference, held in Jakarta, Indonesia, centered around promoting peace, security, and prosperity through inter-religious and intercultural dialogue. Notably, Haji Syed Salman Chishtiy, a renowned Indian Sufi spiritual leader and Chairman of the Chishty Foundation addressed the gathering with a focus on “ASEAN Common Cultural Values.”
Chishty emphasized India’s commitment to nurturing interfaith and intercultural harmony in the ASEAN region. He stressed the significance of fostering understanding, respect, and harmony amidst diverse cultures and faiths. This dialogue aimed to dismantle ignorance and prejudice, constructing a conducive environment for thriving communities while embracing the broader human family.
India’s influence on the ASEAN region was highlighted, spanning religion, language, arts, trade, and more. Chishtiy underscored how religions like Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism shaped Southeast Asian nations’ religious landscapes. He pointed out the profound impact of Indian epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata on literary and cultural traditions.
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