Initiated by G3S Foundation, United Religions Initiative (URI) – North India and Afghanistand and Bishnoi Community as the foundational step to make the world a better place to live for generations to come, the event took place from 3rd – 6th of June, 2017 at Buddajohar, Dabla Village, Rajasthan India.
On my arrival, did I learn that Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan is the hottest place in India, having 49 degree Celsius at that time and despite that, the Bishnoi School girls had prepared a welcome parade for me. I lacked not of the will but the words to truly express my sincere gratitude to Bishnoi School kids for their immense love and respect. Seeing them sweat under the burning heat of the sun while performing the parade with passion and sincerity, I just melted in that moment.
United Religion Initiative’s basic principal is to build bridge among interfaith communities; to ensure peace and unity. I was assigned to represent the same ideology and deliver the message that carries the importance of environment and humans on this planet that are interconnected. I have had a wonderful time with the people of the village, be it during the interactive sessions with the youngsters and the villagers regarding our differences in treating our environment or during lunch in Bishnoi Dharamshala regarding our stances on human rights and religiously motivated matters.
While presenting a pen to a girl for her hard work and dedication at school, I shook her hand wishing her best with future endeavors. I could see her bright open eyes as if someone is dreaming in real that was when she said, “I will never forget this handshake and I promise that I will become a navy officer”
Moments that remain in my heart are the times of true human encounter when we both exchange lessons for life. It is true that people are prettiest when they talk about something they really love with passion in their eyes.
The organizers ( G3S Foundation) and Bishnoi Community’s efforts are commendable. Their hard work and dedication was portrayed in the form of performances by the school kids at the exhibition and cultural night. The environment awareness program included Yoga, Water Campaign Rally and Tree Plantation.
Protecting environment, safeguarding animals and the right utilization of water are the core values of Bishnoi Community. I believe the team had an intension of teaching them but instead, they returned with abundance of lessons from them.
At last, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to Subhi Dhupar, the regional Coordinator of URI for North India and Afghanistan and the heads of G3S Foundation, Mr. Anil Kumar, the president of G3S Foundation and its secretary general, Mr. Deepak Kumar for their confidence and faith.