India and Hindu Muslim Unity | Ram Puniyani | TEDxNMIMSShirpur

India’s culture and political concept is based on pluralism and diversity. Hinduism and Islam have been two major religions. The talk presents how Hindus and Muslims lived here in amity and how they fought together fro freedom of the country from British colonial power. It cites instances from kingdoms and popular culture to show the syncretism of Indian society with an appeal to strengthen this amity for the sake of peace and progess. Ram Puniyani, former Professor IIT Mumbai, is a writer activist, working on the issues related to preservation of democratic, plural values in the society. He has been focusing on the threats of sectarian politics in the name of religion and the threat posed by the imperialist aggressions for the lust of oil. Has written, Communal Politics: Facts versus Myths; (SAGE) Contours of Hindu Rashtra (KALPAZ); Second Assassination of Gandhi (Media House); Deconstructing Terrorist Violence (Sage) Caste and Communalism (Olive) Indian Nationalism versus Hindu Nationalism among others. Has been part of Peoples tribunal on communalism and issues related to violence. Conducts workshops on Communal harmony and national integration. Regular articles on issues of communalism and terrorism Recipient of Indira Gandhi National Integration Award (2006), National Communal Harmony Award (2007) and Mukundan C. Menon Huuman Rights Award 2015 This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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