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7th Inter-generational Reflection and Dialogue in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Venue: Shanti Ashram Via Online Platform
Date: 24th May 2021

7th Inter-generational Reflection and Dialogue in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dedicated to mark the Memorial Day of our Founder

‘Leaders multiply LEADERS!’

 We invite you to the Inter-generational Reflection and Dialogue on ‘Rediscovering the Positive Sense of Peace and a Harmonious Way of Living’. Can this shared ethic of human solidarity be lived in the midst of this ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic? This moment together is an invitation to listen to one another and to share notes from leadership experiences, community and active peace-building efforts in our own communities and beyond. In unprecedented times like the COVID-19 Pandemic, or in everyday encounters, such dialogue creates an environment for reflection, mutual learning and re-commitment to action, active peace building and community cohesion.

From this current pandemic, this crisis, will we come out with a greater understanding of our interconnectedness? With an understanding that caring for the other, for each other, is really just an essential part of caring for ourselves, our humanity? This is the question we will place before the panel of this unique inter-generational dialogue. The Young and the Experienced will help us explore this question deeper. The individual leader has a role as much as a team in shaping our collective work for active peace building.  ‘Leadership can be learnt’ and here is an opportunity to learn from one another!

This is the 7th edition of the ‘Leaders Dialogue’.

We dedicate this edition to our Founder Dr. M. Aram

who reminded us in his book ‘The Future of Mankind’:

Absence of war or violence is not real Peace. Absence of War is peace only in the negative sense of the term.

But in the positive sense of the term, peace means a harmonious way of living based on a shared ethic of human solidarity!


Time Events
3.15p.m Assembling online & Call to Reflection and Dialogue
Dr. S.R.Subramanian, Head, Sustainable Development Programme, Shanti Ashram
Ms. Chandra Prabha, Senior Volunteer, Shanti Ashram
3.20 The confluence of creativity and community: Artistic presentation by
Ms. Karuna Sagarai.V, Founder, Bhakti Natya Niketan
3.30 Anjali to Aram Anna: Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, Founder, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka
3.40 Dedication of the celebrating video on 400 days of work during COVID-19 Reflection by Shri.Shankar Vanavarayar, Joint Correspondent, Kumaraguru College of Technology
3.50 Inter-generational dialogue on “Let us be part of the solutions”
Ms. Sandhiya & Mr. Mohammed Aarish, Young Volunteers, Shanti Ashram
Dr. L. Raja, Professor, Director, Gandhigram Rural Institute
Ms. Annamaria Attard, Representative, Focolare Movement
Dr.Shobana Madhavan, Associate Professor, Amrita School of Business
Mr. G. Vijayaragavan, Head, Youth Leadership Programme, Shanti Ashram
Ms. Maria Lucia Uribe, Director, Arigatou International, Ethics Education for Children- Geneva
Moderated by Ms. Ramya Devaraj, Research Associate, Shanti Ashram
4.15 Response to the intergenerational dialogue by
Shri. Ashok. T. Aram, Trustee, Shanti Ashram
4.25 Inauguration of the new Initiative:
COVID-19 Response for Vulnerable Families - Ensuring Critical Services for Vulnerable Families
Dr.Antonia Testa,
Scientific Director, Center for Ultrasound in Gynecological Oncology
Scientific Director, Center for Ultrasound in Gynecological Oncology
Shri. Keshav Desiraju, Dr. Suriakanthi & Dr. Ganesh Devaraj, Trustees, Shanti Ashram
4.35 ‘Enniya Mudithal Vendum’ Reflection and presentation of Poetry by Subramanian Bharathi
Mr. Aakash. R, Mr. Aditya Narayanan and Ms. Kousalya, Young Facilitators, Shanti Ashram
4.45 Wrap-up by Dr. Kezevino Aram, President, Shanti Ashram
4.50p.m Closing Interfaith Prayer for Peace