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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Jalianwala Bagh Massacre

 102 years ago today, General Dyer of the British Government opened fire on peaceful protestors in Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar, India.


381 Indians lost their lives.  Many women jumped into wells. 376 were identified, of whom 220 were Hindus, 90 Sikhs, and 66 Muslims. 

It is one of the few massacres along with the Holocaust that has affected me deeply.  When I watched the movie Gandhi, it further affected me, and I cried.  

Queen Elizabeth and PM Theresa May have apologized and regretted the Massacre on behalf of the British people in 2019. Thanks to them for bringing closure to the 100 years old wound. 

None of us are responsible for the massacres in the past, and none of us should be held accountable for the acts that we did not commit. 

I urge the current Governments around the world to apologize and regret the Genocides and massacres of their people in our lifetime. Germany has apologized for the Holocaust. Many more nations should clean their records. If we cannot do that, what kind of humans are we? The list is very long, but it will bring closure. 

In our annual event called Holocaust and Genocides, we started addressing the many Genocides, Massacres, ethnic cleansing, and other atrocities on fellow humans by their fellow humans. Thus far, we have covered 33 such events and hope to cover all of them in the next few years. 

If we cannot feel the pain of fellow humans, then we are short-changed in our spirituality; there is something less about us, and we need to work on it to be a whole human being. 

I invite you to attend our 17th Annual event on Sunday, January 23, 2022. You will walk out with less burden of hatred towards others but with a commitment to say never again.

Dr. Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker, author, community consultant, pluralist, activist, newsmaker, and an interfaith wedding officiant. Mike is deeply committed to Free speech, Human Rights, and Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, and the workplace. He is the founder and president of the Center for Pluralism and a writer at the World Muslim Congress, a Think Tank. He is the author of the book American Muslim Agenda, building a cohesive America. He has dedicated his life to building a cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and the policymakers on issues of the day. Everything about him is at www.TheGhousediary.com

Monday, January 11, 2021

16th Annual Reflections on Holocaust and the Genocides

Since 2006 

DRAFT PRESS RELEASE TO BE UPDATED

16th Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides
Sunday, January 24, 2021 – 12-2:00 PM EST

Restoring harmony in the world is our sacred duty. We invite everyone from Atheists to Zoroastrians to attend this event and feel a part of humanity.  

RSVP  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holocaust-and-genocides-reflections-tickets-136387989147 - A zoom link will be sent upon RSVP.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81216038101?pwd=SC9BYVlVYTM5SlY5SDM0OHhUSWVBZz09

Meeting ID 812 1603 8101- Passcode 997405

Washington, DC, United States, January 11, 2021. The Center for Pluralism is organizing its 16th Annual Reflections on the Holocaust and Genocides and you are invited to be a part of the event via zoom link. 

The purpose of this event is education, information, and activism. We hope to learn and acknowledge our failings and make a personal commitment to say, "Never Again."

We hope you will walk out of the event with a genuine feeling of becoming a contributor towards building a cohesive world where no human has to live in apprehension or fear of the other.

At the Center for Pluralism, we are committed to spreading knowledge of the Holocaust and Genocide through interfaith and public events, including the Annual reflections since 2006.

Please note that in the last 15 years, we have covered many genocides, massacres, and grim ethnic cleansing events, and we intend to cover all in the coming years.  

In this program, we do not debate, but express the plight of the people and offer solutions to create a cohesive environment for every human to function with relative comfort. For instance, in political pluralism, China blocks Taiwan- instead of both speaking their concerns in a public forum.

We have received calls to block the speakers or topics, or refusal to join because others are speaking. It is a headache for the organizers who sincerely want to present the issues as they are. It is a free nation and we should express freely whatever is happening. "If we can learn to respect the otherness of others, conflicts fade and solutions emerge." Mike Ghouse

This year we will be addressing the following events; 
A few speakers are to be confirmed.

1. Holocaust Reflections: Kate English 
2. Forced Cremation in Sri Lanka: Soraya Deen
3. The Plight of Kashmiri Pundits: Dr. Pundit Sharma   
4. Kashmir under Siege: Dr. Nyla Ali Khan  
5. Uyghur’s update: Rushan Abbas
6. Rohingya Update: Dr. Wakar Uddin
7. India’s egregious violations of Human Rights Dr. Gregory Stanton

Keynote address by MaryAnn Thompson-Frenk
 
When we acknowledge each other's grief and participate in each other's commemoration, we connect with the humanness within ourselves and seed the relationship of understanding and caring for each other.

There is a shameless cruelty in us, either we shy away or refuse to acknowledge the sufferings of others, worrying that it will devalue our own, or amounts to infidelity to our pain and every community and nation has suffered through this.

To all those who have endured the Holocaust, Genocides, Massacres, Ethnic Cleansing, Land Mines, Hunger, Rape, Torture, Occupation, Expulsion, and inhuman brutality, we must say, you are not alone. The least we can do in the process of healing is to acknowledge everyone's pain in one voice.

The Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides is a Muslim initiative to assure fellow humans who have endured Holocaust, Genocide, ethnic cleansing, massacres, rapes, injustice, and other atrocities that we are all in this together to create a better world. Tikkun Olam is, indeed, our sacred duty.





Dr. Mike Ghouse,  

Center for Pluralism
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