A few Jesuit institutions and associate organisations of South Asia came together at Indian Social Institute, Delhi for a two-day deliberation on promoting and supporting peace initiatives in South Asia.
St. Joseph’s College – Bangalore, XLRI – Jamshedpur, Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Jesuit Educational Association, South-Eastern Social Research Centre – Guwahati, Jesuit Refugee Services and a few others were present. In the keynote address, George Pattery, SJ – The president of Jesuit Conference of South-Asia spoke about the reconciliation of ideologies, philosophies and various cognitive models.
He also spoke of South Asia as a big resource Centre for peace. In the reflections a mandate given by Fr. General noted; “I want the South Asian Jesuits to be a major player in International Peace & Reconciliation studies.”
The group also re-insisted that Peace and Reconciliation is a priority for the South Asian Jesuits, ensuring cross-learnings and scaling up the already existing initiatives was talked about. Dialogue platforms, peace clubs are also planned.