Forging pluralistic societies — By Dr Shenila Khoja-Moolji on Tribune com

Recently, an American congressman, Steve King, tweeted, “Assimilation has become a dirty word to the multiculturalist Left. Assimilation, not diversity, is our American strength.” We witness similar debates in Pakistan, particularly in the context of refugees, tribal groups and religious interpretations. We must recognise, however, that assimilation seeks to preserve the hegemony of those in…

His Highness the Aga Khan arrives in Canada — The Ismaili

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Ottawa earlier this evening, commencing a visit to Canada that will include attending the Global Pluralism Award ceremony as well as meeting with the Jamat of Eastern Canada. Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by AKDN Resident Representative for Canada Dr Mahmoud Eboo, President Malik Talib and Vice-President Karima Karmali of…

India and Canada: pathways to inclusive citizenship — Global Centre for Pluralism / Watch the event video and view the photo Gallery

October 30, 2014 | Pluralism Forum Why do some societies live together peacefully with diversity, while others struggle? On October 30, 2014, over 100 people joined the Centre to help us explore the sources of civic inclusion in India and Canada. Our fifth Pluralism Forum featured Charles Taylor (McGill University, Canada) and Rajeev Bhargava (Centre…

Joanne Chianello: Why city should think twice about granting Aga Khan rezoning request — Opinion on Ottawa Citizen com

Ottawa’s downtown core is becoming a cultural wasteland Citizen columnist Joanne Chianello writes about issues affecting Ottawa residents. By Joanne Chianello, OTTAWA CITIZEN The Global Centre for Pluralism is a fantastic idea. The brainchild of the Aga Khan Foundation — in partnership with the federal government — the three-year-old Ottawa-based research institute’s work helps societies…

Group rights: cultural difference or economic and political power? — Pluralism Forum at Global Centre for Pluralism Canada

October 3, 2013 | Pluralism Forum On October 3, 2013, constitutional scholar and advisor Sujit Choudhry (NYU Center for Constitutional Transitions) and moderator Rupak Chattopadhyay (Forum of Federations) joined over 100 people at the Global Centre for Pluralism for a lively dialogue about the drivers of group rights claims in divided societies. Group rights are…