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1st India Indonesia Interfaith Dialogue

(Yogyakarta, 3-5 October 2018)


Sharing of Best Practices, Lessons Learnt and Way Forward”


   The 1st India Indonesia Interfaith Dialogue (IIID) was held in Yogyakarta on 3-5 October 2018. A seven member delegation from India was led by Hon’ble M.J. Akbar, Minister of State of External Affairs (MOS MJA). The Indonesian delegation was led by Hon’ble A.M. Fachir, Vice Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs.


2. It may be recalled that during the visit of the Prime Minister of India to Indonesia on 29-31 May 2018, both Leaders had agreed to organize an Interfaith Dialogue in order to reiterate the importance of promoting pluralism that would lead to true civilizational harmony and moderation, and to eradicate radicalism. Pursuant to that committment, the 1st IIID was held as an innovative mechanism to promote pluralism and tolerance as well as to provide a platform for Indonesian and Indian religious scholars, youth and civil society leaders to join hands in improving relations across religions and cultures, combat prejudice, tackle radicalism and build conducive conditions for long-term peace.


3. The IIID in Yogyakarta comprised of a Forum Discussion, visits to places of worship, and dialogues between Hindu, Islamic, Christian, and Buddhist religious leaders of both countries. The participating delegates visit Prambanam and Borobodur Temples, along withZen Ling Gong Temple, HKBP Church, Santo Antonius Catholic Church and Syuhada Mosque in Yogyakarta. Detailed program outline of the 1st IIID is enclosed at Annexures I.


4. During the discussions, delegates shared their common commitment to ancient philosophies of ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’ or ‘Unity in Diversity’ and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world is one family’. The Joint Statement released on the completion of the 1st IIID is enclosed at Annexures II.


5. On the sidelines of the 1st IIID, MOS MJA will also deliver a public lecture at the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University on “Faith, Politics and Polity: The Crisis of Distortion”, which will be attended by more than 300 students on 4th October. Earlier today, MOS MJA delivered a memorial lecture at the prestigious Gajah Mada University on Gandhiji@150, where he also unveiled a Photo Exhibit on Gandhiji and inaugurated a Film Festival on movies and documentaries showcasing the life of Gandhiji.


6. In his closing keynote address, MOS MJA welcomed the timing of the 1st IIID to coincide with the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi and stated that there could be no better symbol for Interfaith Dialogue than Mahatma Gandhi ji. He thanked the Indonesian side for the excellent arrangement for the delegation at Yogyakarta and extended an invitation for Indonesia to attend the 2nd India Indonesia Interfaith Dialogue in India in 2019.


3rd October 2018
Yogyakarta (Indonesia)
Enclosures: As above(with select pictures of the 1st IIID)


Annexures I


The 1st Indonesia - India Interfaith Dialogue (IIID)


Joint Statement/Outcome Document


Shared Past, Stronger Future: Lessons Learnt and Way Forward


1. The 1st Indonesia - India Interfaith Dialogue was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 3-5 October 2018. Mr. M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India led the Indian delegation and the Indonesian delegation was led by H.E. A.M. Fachir, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs (members of each country delegation is attached). The 1st Indonesia – India Interfaith Dialogue was officiated by Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.


2. The participating delegates visited Prambanam Temples, along with Zen Ling Gong Temple, HKBP Church, Santo Antonius Catholic Church and Syuhada Mosque in Yogyakarta.

3. The Indonesian side had organized a public lecture at the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta. The rector of the University gave an opening remarks prior to the lecture by H.E. M.J. Akbar.


4. During three-day long IIID, religious leaders, scholars and academia from India and Indonesia, the two highly multi- religious and multi-ethnic societies in the world, had an in depth exchange of view and ideas in an effort to strengthen inter-faith and inter-community harmony. They shared best practices in legal, socio-economic and educational fields that help to promote the spirit of peace and acceptance and understanding of diversity.


5. The delegates shared their common commitment to ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’ or ‘Unity in Diversity’. They agreed that IIID has the potential to emerge as an effective forum to nurture peace and harmony not only in the two countries but also in the region and in the world based on the ancient philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world is a family’. IIID can play an important role to promote harmony in a pluralistic society.


6. The delegates said that all religions are based on peace for all mankind and that it is a crime against God to use religion as a platform to incite hate, conflict, violence, war or terrorism. They expressed concern at the global trend towards insularity and felt that this could lead to greater social tensions and strife in the world. They cautioned against temptation to exploit radical and extremist ideology for political gains that not only afflicts the minds of individuals but also destroys societies by attacking the foundation of trust and understanding. They also agreed that terrorism in all its forms must be condemned with one voice. They underscored that academia and civil societies, by reinforcing appropriate education with multi-faith consciousness and human values, can play an important role in combating prejudice and eradicating radicalism.


7. The delegates recognized the importance of interfaith and faith-based organizations and religious leaders in fostering a culture of peace and preventing violent extremism in the world and agreed on the need to enhance partnership to realize practical and concrete cooperation among interfaith and faith-based organizations as well as religious and traditional leaders with policy makers between India and Indonesia so as to promote harmony and peace.


8. The delegates reaffirmed the shared principles as anchored in Indonesian and Indian societies and endeavoured to the following Plan of Action:


Media and Advocacy


a) Take concrete steps to address hate speech and to counter hate, bullying and discrimination through positive speech, tolerance and constructive dialogue amongst the vulnerable;

b) Foster partnership among interfaith and faith-based organizations as well as religious and traditional leaders with aim to promote a culture of peace and inter-religious and inter-cultural constructive dialogue;

c) Develop a plan that spreads the message of the 1st IIID regularly by engaging with all relevant stakeholders across social media platforms.


Education& Culture


a) Student exchange programme between eminent scholars of India and Indonesia

b) Address by eminent Interfaith scholars at think tank/universities

c) Introduce peace education as part of the school curriculum, university programmes and theological institutions to promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among human beings in all their diversity of religion, belief, culture and language.

d) Share success stories and good practices of peaceful coexistence among different religions and cultures of India and Indonesia;


Preventing Violent Extremism


a) Create a platform that encourages the soft power of religion in preventing violent extremism, instrumentalization of religion and religiously motivated violence;

b) Sharing mutual success stories and experiences in deradicalization

c) Call on religious leaders to provide a practical example in their common rejection of violence and to stand for the defense of values of diversity and respect for life and the dignity of human rights.  


9. H.E. Mr. M.J. Akbar, Minister of State of External Affairs of India thanked the Indonesian Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs for all the excellent arrangements in Yogyakarta and extended the invitation to the Indonesian side to hold the 2nd edition of India-Indonesia Interfaith dialogue in India in 2019.


Annexures II


Program Outline of 1st India Indonesia Interfaith Dialogue


Date and Time

Program

Venue

Wednesday, 3 October 2017

08.30 – 08.50

Official Opening of the 1st Indonesia-India Interfaith Dialogue

Welcoming Remarks by KGPAA Paku Alam X, Vice Governor of Yogyakarta Special Region (tbc)

Opening Remarks by:

India: H.E. Mr. Bibek Debroy, Economic Adviser to Prime Minister of India

Indonesia: H.E. A.M. Fachir, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs

 

08.50 – 09.00

Photo Session

 

09.00 to 10.30

Plenary Session I:

“The Harmony of Interreligious Community: Policy and Approach”

Introducing Religious and Cultural Diversity; Managing Religious and Cultural Diversity;

The Role of Religious Figures in Promoting Understanding the Diversity Through Education;

Enhancing Civil Society Involvement in Nurturing Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding;

Speakers:

Indonesia

Dr. (Mr.) Abdul Muk’ti M.Ed.,Chairman of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia

Dr. (Mr) Dicky Sofjan Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS)

India

Maulana Mahmood Madani, Islamic Scholar

Discussants:

Prof. Drs. (Mr) I Ketut Widnya, Director General for Hindu Community, Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesia

Venerable Dr. Dhammapiya Bhante, Secy. General, Int. Buddhist Confederation

Moderator:

Dr. (Mr) Muhammad Ahnaf Iqbal, Lecturer at Graduate School of Religion and Cross Culture Studies, Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta

 

10.30 – 10.45

Coffee Break

 

10.45 – 12.15

Plenary SessionI: (continues)

(Open discussion)

 

12.15 – 13.30

Lunch

 

13.30 – 15.30

Plenary Session II:

Sharing Best Practices on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, Terrorism, Radicalization and Hate Speech”

Speakers:

Indonesia

Dr. (Mrs) Siti Syamsyiatun, Director for Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS)

Prof. (Mr) Prof. Dr. Khoiruddin Nasution, Expert on Deradicalization, Islamic State University of Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta – National Agency for Combating Terrorism (BNPT)

India

Dr. Tariq Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim Uiniversity

Discussants:

Mr Suhadi Cholil, Ph. D., Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University

Mr. Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya

Moderator:

Mr. Asif Ibrahim, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, National Security Council

(Open discussion)

 

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee Break

 

16.00 – 16.30

Wrap-up :

Join Statement: Result of discussion and the way forward”

Closing Keynote by Mr. Cecep Herawan

Director General for Information and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Closing Keynote by Hon, M.J. Akbar, Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs.

19.00

Dinner hosted by Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs

4th October 2018, Thursday

08.30-11.00

Site Visit: Historical Confucian Temple

Site Visit: Kotabaru Yogyakarta, where there are three historical religious sites standing in close proximity: a Mosque, a Catholic Church and a Christian Church

Zen Ling Gong Temple (Poncowinatan)

Syuhada Mosque, HKBP Church and Santo Antonius Catholic Church

13.00 to 15.30

Public Lecture at Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University

Opening Remarks by Prof. K.H.Yudian Wahyudi, MA, Rector of Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University

Lecture Theme: Faith, Politics and Polity: The Crisis of Distortion

Speaker: Hon’ble M J Akbar, Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University

16.00 to 17.00

Depart to Prambanan Temple

1700 -1800

Site Visit: Prambanan Temple

(Guided Tour)

Prambanan Temple

19.30 to 21.30

Ramayana Ballet Show at Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple

Delegation List of 1st India Indonesia Interfaith Dialogue

 

Indian Delegation

Indonesian Delegation

1. H.E. Mr. M.J. Akbar

Minister of State for External Affairs

1. H.E. A.M. Fachir

Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs

2. H.E. Mr. Conrad Sangma

Chief Minister, Meghalaya

2. Mr. Cecep Herawan

Director General for Information and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

3. Mr. Asif Ibrahim

Special Envoy, National Security Council

3. Dr. (Mr.) Abdul Muk’ti

Chairman of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia

4. Shri Bibek Deb Roy

Economic Adviser to Prime Minister and

Translator of Mahabharata and Ramayana

4. Dr. (Mr) Dicky Sofjan Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS)

5. Maulana Mehmood Madani

Leading Islamic scholar and politician

5. Prof. Dr. (Mr) I Ketut Widnya

Director General for Hindu Community, Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesia

6. Dr. Tariq Mansoor

Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University

6. Dr. (Mr) Muhammad Ahnaf Iqbal Lecturer at Graduate School of Religion and Cross Culture Studies, Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta

7. Venerable Dr. Dhammapiya Bhante

Secretary General, International Buddhist Confederation

7. Dr. (Mrs) Siti Syamsyiatun

Director for Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS)

8. Prof. (Mr) Prof. Dr. Khoiruddin Nasution

Expert on Deradicalization, Islamic State University of Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta – National Agency for Combating Terrorism (BNPT)

9. Mr Suhadi Cholil

Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University

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