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Tushar Kanti Baidya

  • Hinduism
  • Bangladesh
  • Male
  • Bangladesh
  • South Asia
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Project Director, Inclusive Bangladesh

Tushar is an educator, peacemaker and human rights activist from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is currently the project director of Inclusive Bangladesh, a youth-led community organization, and runs two projects on social cohesion – “Faith in the Commonwealth”, through which he promotes global citizenship and religious literacy among local youths of diverse religions and “Oikko” through which he is addressing religious nationalism and working towards diminishing the sense through interfaith dialogue. Tushar is equally involved in addressing hate speech and building alternative narratives to counter hate speech which is a part of his work for CVE/PVE. Tushar has been named as one of the Trust Conference Changemakers and received the Faith in the Commonwealth Peace Award in 2019. He aims to engage youths in social work, promoting peace and religious harmony, encouraging them to grow into the responsible generation of the future.

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

Oikko: Diminishing Religious Nationalism Through Interfaith Dialogue
This initiative primarily benefitted the participating youths, adult men, and women of rural areas of 2 different villages of Bangladesh in understanding the role of interfaith dialogue to promote peace and harmony. This program has attracted 75 young people from various religious and ethnic backgrounds, with the gender ratio remaining at 40:40:20 throughout (men:women: others). In a 6-hour workshop, the participants learned about global citizenship, religious literacy, hate speech and gender-based violence. They also learned how to use interfaith and intergenerational dialogue as mediation and conflict resolution tool. Two workshops were held as part of this initiative, and selected participants were encouraged to develop and implement their small interfaith initiative based on what they had learned from the workshops themselves. Various local educators, scout leaders, and faith actors participated in the workshops, which were designed to shed light on the importance of interfaith dialogue in peacebuilding.