Symposium : “The Role of Media in Fostering Constructive Public Discourse” on 26th July, 2022

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We are pleased to inform you that the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’ís of India in collaboration with Ramanujan College, University of Delhi is organizing a symposium titled, “The Role of Media in Fostering Constructive Public Discourse” on Tuesday, 26 July 2022.

Flyer for the Symposium

Over the last couple of years, the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’ís of India has engaged in a discourse on the role of religion in building a better society with various actors in civil society. Of these discussions, a distinct, rich and fruitful conversation developed between the Office and a committed group of journalists and media educators over the past two years. These discussions highlighted the positive influence of religion as a source of meaning, purpose and ethics in the lives of the majority of the world’s people and in providing the values that have shaped social institutions. Although religions have defined themselves in terms of this constructive purpose, this positive aspect of religion is ignored or obscured in public discourse. Religious conflicts, controversies arising in the name of religion, exotic and fantastic beliefs and practices attributed to religion or the misdeeds of godmen receive disproportionate attention. The media plays an important role in projecting and emphasizing this distorted image of religion. The need to bring these positive aspects of religion back into the focus of public attention, of policy makers and the leaders of thought and role that the media can play in this process were some of the questions that these gatherings explored. 

This symposium aims to address the concept note aforementioned and is open for all those who might have an academic or professional interest in the topic. Those interested will need to register using the following link .

Venue : Seminar Hall, Education Centre, Bahá’í House of Worship (Lotus Temple), New Delhi
Time : 9.30 AM to 1.15 PM
For more details, contact