Religious harmony a key component in Singapore’s success 

It’s a rare sight in today’s world to have leaders from 10 different faiths praying for inter-religious harmony together. But not in Singapore – the island nation leads by an extraordinary example to promote unity in diversity through its Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO).

The organisation, which came into existence 69 years ago, is one of its kind. World leaders have been visiting Singapore to learn about the work done by this pioneer organisation in religious harmony.

President of IRO, Mr K. Kesavapany, said “Prince Charles came here and said he doesn’t have anything like IRO in his country and he would like to take this back. More and more leaders are coming here and taking back what we do back to their home.” 

Minister of culture and youth Ms Grace Gu congratulated IRO for their exceptional work, adding that in today’s world, an organisation like IRO should be applauded for what they have achieved. 

On its 69th anniversary Connected to India spoke to the past and present leaders of IRO on their mission and future plans.


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