IAC holds inter-faith gathering, discussion on ethnic relations

first_img…at National Library todayThe Indian Action Committee (IAC) will be hosting an inter-faith gathering and discussion on the current state of ethnic relations in Guyana at the National Library today starting at 16:30h.The IAC, in an advisory, said it recognises that ethnic relations in Guyana has been characterised by suspicion, mistrust, and even bouts of politically instigated violence. The aftermath of the 1997 General Election was one such horrific event in the form of the January 12, 1998 acts of violence and arson targeting mainly Indo-Guyanese; perceived supporters of the then victorious People’s Progressive Party/Civic party.The IAC said it also understands that society can either choose the path of hate or of reconciliation. The IAC chooses the path of reconciliation.The IAC is of the strongest opinion that this continuing state of affairs will eventually destroy Guyana and so the organisation is taking this initiative to foster dialogue towards the goal of reconciliation in the context of social cohesion and national unity.This event is intended to shed light on the urgent need to tackle ethnic unity and tolerance in our society. It is expected to be an occasion of fostering dialogue and deep reflection on the need for all stakeholders to work in the interest of national unity and prevent terrible events such as January 12, 1998, from recurring.Organisations which have been invited to today’s event include the Social Cohesion Ministry, the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, the Inter-Religious Organisation, the African Cultural and Development Association, the Amerindian People’s Association, the National Toshaos’ Council, the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana, the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, the Viraat Sabha of Guyana, the Guyana Central Arya Samaj, the Hindus for Selfless Service, the Private Sector Commission, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Lions’ Clubs and SASOD.According to the organisers, following prayers from the three major religions and a brief welcome from an executive member of the IAC, a panel of learned individuals will deliver brief remarks and then the floor will be opened to the members of the public to ask questions of the panellists.The IAC is inviting the general public to participate in the discussion.last_img

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