Pre Parliament Event, Vadodara 09.08.2015
While many people know about the Parliament of World Religions held in Chicago in 1893, thanks to Swami Vivekananda's forceful and inspiriting lectures, not many know that efforts have been made to revive this historic development by holding a similar events every five year since 1993. The next session of the Parliament of World's Religions will be held from 15 to 19 October 2015 in Salt Lake, City, Utah, USA. A Pre Parliament Event in this regard was jointly organized on 9 August by Ramakrishna Mission, Vadodara, and the Council for a Parliament of World's Religions in India.

The one day event at Vadodara, was inaugurated by Dr Karan Singh, the noted scholar and statesman, in the presence of Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, the present Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, Chicago, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, eminent Scholar and Writer from London, Swami Gautamanandaji, Adhyaksha, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, and other dignitaries.

Several sessions of the Pre Parliament Event that followed witnessed noted leaders and scholars of various religions dwelling upon the salient features of their faiths while calling for harmony and peace. The main theme of the Pre Parliament Event was 'Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity', and it was attended by about 700 delegates of various religions.

The whole programme from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. was broadcast live stream through the website of the Ashrama. About 12,000 persons of various countries watched the programme.
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