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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Dalai Lama to open World Congress

September 7, 2010

Press Trust of India (PTI)
September 2, 2010

KOCHI -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama
will inaugurate the 33rd World Congress of
International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) on September 4 here.

About 600 delegates from across the world will
converge here for the four-day conference, Thomas
Mathew, IARF president and Dr Homi Dhalla, chair
of the Congress working party told reporters here on Thursday.

The conference will start with the prayers being
rendered by 11 different religious groups.

There will be three Plenary themes of the
Congress -- role of religion in promoting human
rights, Science and Religion: can they co-operate
for the progress of humanity? and Hindus, Muslims
and Christians: How they can live together in India?'.

Women as agents for social change and cohesion,
Peace action through Gandhism, Role of NGOs to
implement UN declarations are among the subjects
which would be discussed at the workshops.

Writer Sukumar Azhikode will deliver the keynote
address on the inaugral day of the congress.

Swami Agnivesh will be among those participating.
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