Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS), Mumbai on 25 January 2014 was selected for the National Communal Harmony Awards 2013 in the organisation category. In the individual category award, Mohinder Singh of Delhi and N Radhakrishnan of Kerala were selected.
The award carries a citation in each category, the Award carries a cash award of Five Lakh Rupees for Individuals and Ten Lakh Rupees for Organizations.
About the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS)
• The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) a Mumbai based organization was established in 1996 to work to promote peace, secularism and communal harmony in the country. It has also been working on human rights issues and issues of the marginalized and deprived sections of the society.
About Dr. Mohinder Singh
• Mohinder Singh aged 72 is a scholar and presently member of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions.
• He was also Member of the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities from 2005 to 2007
• In 1984, he along with other social activists, organized relief camps at Delhi and restored friendship between the Hindu and Sikh communities in the wake of anti-Sikh riots
• In 1985, he set-up a Communal Harmony Forum along with Dr. Nirmala Deshpande, which worked for nearly four years and organized inter-faith meetings and visit to holy places by its members
About Dr. N Radhakrishnan
• Dr. N Radhakrishnan, aged 69 is a Gandhian scholar and a peace worker.
• He initiated the Shanti Sena programme at the Gandhigram University and extended this work to other parts of the country
• He has been actively working to restore peace in communally tense areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala
• His campaign Himsamukth Bharat Andolan motivates people to become foot soldiers in campaigning for peace and sustainable development.
About National Communal Harmony Awards
The National Communal Harmony Awards were instituted in 1996 by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), an autonomous Organization set up by the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs. The award was instituted to promote communal harmony and national integration. It was instituted with a vision to demonstrate due to appreciation and recognition of the efforts of individuals and organisations that promotes communal harmony and national integration.