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first_imgMr. Neel Kamal Singh, Deputy Secretary, Indian Red CrossMr. Neel Kamal Singh, Deputy Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society spoke of the benefits of engaging with the Red Cross Society as volunteers, ?Red Cross increases global tolerance. It believes in the principle of humanity, it negates barriers like colour, creed, religion, gender to give medical aid and relief. One volunteering with organizations like Red Cross gets exposed to a deeper understanding of human life.?Highlighting building bridges through inter-cultural understanding Ms. Ridhima Chabbra, Specialist – School Relations, American Field Service, India said ?AFS battles intolerance by spreading knowledge of cultures, one?s own and others. There are student exchange programs where students are sent to other cities/ countries and invited to stay with a host family and engage in community service. This helps the students to have an understanding of different communities, imagined or otherwise.?Discussing the role of the internet, social media and technology for community engagement, Mr. Prabhat Garg, Founder, DemoKranti, noted ?Since the traditional media is under the control of the state, social media is an important tool for dissent. Social media feeds back into mainstream media. Information has been bought to the public through crowd-sourcing. Social media is becoming the way where one can have a collaborative government and a participatory democracy. It is promoting a 2-way governance with citizens, lawmakers and government bodies all having the equal chance to participate.? (MORE) BUS TLS TLSlast_img

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