Scroll down today’s news summary, and you’ll find stories of terrorism and violence perpetrated by actors across the world. Some of it is committed by non-state actors and some of it by state actors, but all of it is committed in the context of division and conflict defined by differences of beliefs.
Today in an arc that stretches from the far east through the middle east, to the streets of cities in Europe and the United States, we face the scourge that has taken innocent lives, scarred communities and destabilized countries. It is a threat that is constantly evolving, growing, and mutating to counter the fight against it.
Violent extremism has become a great threat to societies around the world in the past few years. Society today needs peace, tolerance and cohesion to coexist together in perfect harmony, contrary to peddling extremism and hate to fuel terrorism which is currently on the rise globally.
With a focus on the repercussions of terrorist occurrences across the world, the Harmony Foundation is pleased to host the International Conference on Combating Terrorism through Education along with the 12th year of the Mother Teresa Memorial Awards, with a view to contain violent extremism and radicalization among youth in India and across nations that are vulnerable to radical groups, specifically in the emergence of extremist outfits across the world. This brings to our attention the threat we face from violent extremism which is a global and generational struggle.Therefore, in the light of this situation we believe that the menace of terrorism may be best fought by harmony.
Society today needs peace, tolerance and cohesion to peacefully coexist together in harmony contrary to peddling extremism, hate and xenophobia.
The Harmony Foundation considers it its most humble privilege to posthumously honour Faaraz Ayaaz Hossain, amongst others, the brave Bangladeshi youth who was killed in the Dhaka terror attack on 1 July 2016 for refusing to leave behind his friends who were from other countries, choosing instead to stand against terror and oppression, ultimately paying the highest price and laying his life down for his friends. The parents of Faraaz having accepted the invitation wrote to us saying “On behalf of my son Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, it is an absolute honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to accept the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice. Though in deep grief, we, Faraaz’s family, cling onto the immense pride with which Faraaz has filled our hearts. He stood up for what was right by paying the highest cost any human can pay and we hope every day that his sacrifice does not go in vain.”
The Award which is the only one endorsed by Sr. Prema, the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata. was instituted in the memory of Mother Teresa in the year 2005 who was canonized a Saint by Pope Francis in the Vatican on September 4th, 2016, with Medecines Sans Frontieres, the largest volunteer medical organization worldwide, being the latest recipient last year. A few of the previous recipients of this prestigious Award have been Ms. Malala Yousufzai, the Nobel laureate who has become a global icon for the education of the girl child, H.H. The Dalai Lama, a living legend and worldwide icon of conscience who is also a Nobel laureate; Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, former Prime Minister of Malaysia and Baroness Caroline Cox, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, United Kingdom. Your address will certainly send a strong message that hatred, extremism and terrorism will not be tolerated in any form.
Harmony Foundation has also invited other speakers notably H.E. Hamid Karzai Former President of Afghanistan, Nana Addo-Akuffo Opposition Leader of Ghana and potential candidate for President in the 7th Dec 2016 elections, Lt. General Ata Hasnain retd. Indian Army, the Secretary General SARC Arjun B. Thapa, and former J & K Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah. In attendance, will be human rights activists, prominent members of civil society, diplomats and members of the government. Join us as we in stand in solidarity to honour heroes from various spectrums and fraternities that have contributed in the fight against terrorism.