Diamond Is Forever

Originally posted on Ismailimail:
Irfan Ali. Andheri West, Mumbai, India: 2017 is a very special year for Ismaili Muslims worldwide. Ismaili Muslim Community is commemorating 60 years since His Highness the Aga Khan became the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. To mark this historic moment in history, Ismaili Muslims worldwide are celebrating…

ICOMOS is holding the 19th General Assembly in Delhi, India from 11-15 December 2017 | Watch Videos on 2016 Assembly and Aga Khan keynote at UK in 2015

 19th General Assembly to be held from 11-15 December 2017 Written by Maureen Pelletier on 12 December 2016. The 19th General Assembly will take place in Delhi, India (please note the new dates) from 11-15 December 2017 (General Assembly and Scientific Symposium) with Pre-Meetings held 8-10 December and Post-Meetings and Events from 16-17 December. The…

The real Kashmir — Photo Essay on Qantara de by Onkar Singh Janoti

Poets call it one of the most beautiful places on earth. Analysts consider it to be one of the most dangerous areas in the world. But what is Kashmir in reality? By Onkar Singh Janoti ‘Switzerland of the East’: Kashmir boasts some of the world’s most beautiful flowering meadows and snow-capped peaks. Many people call…

India/Pakistan: Thought leaders try to build a bridge to peace

Originally posted on Journeys to democracy:
Just a few of the hundreds putting their weight behind the resolution. Collage by Farhan Ahmed Without expecting overnight transformation, over 500 eminent signatories from both countries are hoping to create a ripple effect that changes how citizens and governments view each other. My piece in The Wire about the recent citizens’…

Video: In conversation – Aga Khan — Rajiv Mehrotra

Rajiv Mehrotra Published on 9 Dec 2014 Rajiv Mehrotra has been a personal student of HH The Dalai Lama for more than thirty years & describes himself as “a most unworthy chela” of his. Till 2012 he was the host one of the country’s longest running, and most widely viewed talk shows on public Television,…

Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) India CEO speaks on far-ranging impact of heritage restoration — The Ismaili on Ratish Nanda at Ismaili Centre.London

London, 25 September 2015 — Ratish Nanda, CEO of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, India spoke on Rethinking Conservation: AKTC Projects in India at the Ismaili Centre, London. Dr David Taylor, Director of the AKU Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, thanks Ratish Nanda for his presentation. Ismaili Council for the UK During…

The Aga Khan Development Network Statement at the Sixth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan

Since its restoration by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Bagh-e-Babur has attracted over 400,000 visitors annually. AKDN has mobilised over US$ 1 billion for economic, social and cultural development in Afghanistan. Photo: AKTC Statement delivered by Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, AKDN Diplomatic Representative, Afghanistan Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Honoured colleagues, On behalf of the Aga…

New Book on Heritage of the Mughal World: The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme by Philip Jodidio (Editor)

some images inside this book This beautifully illustrated book explores the historic cities, buildings, and gardens that flourished during the Mughals’ three-century rule, highlighting valuable conservation and restoration projects in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. From 1526-1857, the Mughal Empire presided over an extended period of peace, prosperity, and unprecedented artistic achievement in the Indian subcontinent….

Where Upanishads and Hadith are taught together — Akividu Blogspot de

Images of goddess Saraswati and Ajmer Shariff share the wall at a classroom in Madarasa Firdose centre at Mandasaur in Madhya Pradesh. Photo: Prashant Nakwe    The Hindu (…) Gyan Sagar is one of the 128 madrasas run by a group of women in and around Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district, which is otherwise famous for its…

Aga Khan Development Network has channeled about $700 million of assistance to Afghanistan and has benefited more than 2.5 million people during last two decades — Dr. Matt Reed, CEO

New Kerala com writes: Aga Khan Foundation – India extends humanitarian support to Afghanistan The Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have been working in Afghanistan for nearly two decades now. Talking exclusively to ANI, Dr. Matt Reed, CEO, Agha Khan Foundation, India said, “India’s contribution to Afghanistan’s development through the AGDN…

Multiple Secularisms: The Concept of Twin Tolerations — video interview in two parts with Alfred C. Stepan, Columbia University

Watch Part 1 – “Multiple Secularisms: The Concept of Twin Tolerations”   “What does democracy need and require from religious institutions and people? And, on the other side, what is the minimum religious people can legitimately expect from democracy?” asks Professor Alfred Stepan from Columbia University. “For democracy to function, he explains, religious individuals and…