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Pluralism removes bar of us and them

THE DEPARTMENT of Philosophy, Lucknow University has organised a three-day national seminar (March 22-24) to discuss the topic ?Understanding Pluralism-Perspectives from Classical Indian and Modern Philosophy?On the first day of the seminar Dr Robin D Diallo, First Secretary, Cultural Affairs, US Embassy who was also guest of honour said, ?Pluralism is when there are no barriers of colour, caste, creed, religion or race.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 00:39 IST

THE DEPARTMENT of Philosophy, Lucknow University has organised a three-day national seminar (March 22-24) to discuss the topic ‘Understanding Pluralism-Perspectives from Classical Indian and Modern Philosophy’.

On the first day of the seminar Dr Robin D Diallo, First Secretary, Cultural Affairs, US Embassy who was also guest of honour said, “Pluralism is when there are no barriers of colour, caste, creed, religion or race. There should be no ‘Us and Them’ where pluralism exists. We have to accept people as they are. I feel that by traveling and education pluralism can be achieved. In my opinion Surinam in South America is an example of a pluralistic state. People are tolerant there and people of different religions and nationalities reside in that country.”

Pluralism is, in the general sense, the affirmation and acceptance of diversity. The concept is used, often in different ways, in a wide range of issues like politics, democracy, science, religion and philosophy.

The key speaker for the day was Vibha Chaturvedi, Professor Department of Philosophy Delhi University. She said, “The requirement of pluralism is tolerance and acceptance. One should be willing to understand others and stop being judgemental.” The other speakers for the seminar were Prof. RP Singh, Vice Chancellor, LU, Prof Nirupma Srivastava and Dr Rakesh Chandra.

First Published: Mar 23, 2006 00:39 IST