As part of its participation at the New Delhi World Book Fair 2024, the Muslim Council of Elders organized a seminar titled "Importance of Human Fraternity in Contemporary Times." The session was presented by Professor Sameena Hameed, a researcher in Western Asia and the Gulf at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Sanjay Kapoor, General-Secretary of the Editors Guild of India, and Rohin Marker on behalf of Ava Khullar, President of the Delhi Parsi Anjuman.
During the seminar, Dr. Hameed emphasized the importance of applying the principles and values of the Document on Human Fraternity, integrating individuals within a unified human system. She stated, "The Earth should be a homeland for all humans, requiring intellectuals and influencers not to tire of discussing the importance of the concept of human fraternity and achieving its practical application in various local, regional, and international forums." She highlighted the significance of teaching the Document on Human Fraternity to school and university students and proposed its inclusion in master's studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in the upcoming meeting of the university's Supreme Scientific Council.
Sanjay Kapoor, the General-Secretary of the Editors Guild in Delhi, stressed the urgent need for applying principles and values that safeguard humanity, particularly the values of human fraternity that bring people together regardless of their beliefs and backgrounds. He emphasized the crucial role of the Muslim Council of Elders in promoting peace, peaceful coexistence, and acceptance of others worldwide. Kapoor highlighted the importance of raising awareness among the current generation about the principles of fraternity, not only among religions but also within the entire Indian society.
Representing the President of the Delhi Parsi Anjuman, Rohin Marker, in his speech addressed the concept of human fraternity and that Zoroastrianism relies on absolute faith in the unity of humanity and its interconnectedness. He emphasized the significant responsibility that comes with this belief, requiring concerted efforts to align words with actions. Marker added that collaboration among diverse members of society contributes to realizing the principles and values of human fraternity, spreading the values of tolerance and coexistence.
This is set to be the second consecutive time that the Muslim Council of Elders participates at the New Delhi World Book Fair, one of the largest book fairs in the region which is particularly known for its large turnouts. The pavilion features over 220 publications in 5 languages, addressing various issues and aiming to correct misconceptions while rejecting extremist rhetoric and hatred.