Dr Fr. MD Thomas awarded ‘Icon of India 2013’

March 28, 2013 by  
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fr. M.D. Thomas AwardedNew Delhi, March 12, 2013: Parwaz Express, a National Weekly Hindi Newspaper, a division of Parwaz Media Vision, conferred the award ‘Icon of India 2013’ on Dr Fr M.D. Thomas. This honour was extended to him for his outstanding contribution for nearly three decades to promoting harmony among religious faiths and ideologies through diverse ways as a ‘Spiritual Leader’.

The award contained a ‘Crown’, ‘The Icon Certificate’, ‘Stole of Honour’ and ‘Momento’, along with a ‘Souvenir’ of the names and photographs of all the icons and a Special 50 page Edition of the newspaper with the profile and lifestyle of all the 53 icons selected for the award on the occasion. Dr Fr Thomas is the only Keralite and Christian who is honoured with award by the above organization.

The above award was under Parwas Express award scheme ‘100 Icons’ from various arenas of life, such as social service, athletics, education, art and literature, media, industry and business, politics, religion, communal harmony and spirituality.

The award ceremony took place in Janpath Hotel, New Delhi, on 10 March 2013, marking the 10th anniversary of the Parwaz Express, celebrating a decade of its commendable journey in media and social service. The honourable presence of many ministers, Mps, MLAs and other officials of the central and state governments and of the city of New Delhi gave a ceremonial touch to the entire programme. Including the Icons of 2013, a gathering of eminent people from various sectors numbering nearly 500 made the programme colourful.

Fr Thomas has been deeply committed to fostering understanding, good relations and collaboration with persons and organizations of other religious and social communities for nine years from 2003 to 2011 as National Director of the Commission for Religious Harmony, CBCI, on behalf of the Catholic Christian community in India. In the same capacity, he had also been promoting understanding, interaction and fellowship by editing and publishing a half-yearly and bi-lingual journal called ‘Fellowship’, with a circulation capacity of 10,000 copies in India and overseas.

Dr Thomas holds M.A. and Ph.D. in Hindi Literature and a seven-year B.Mus. in Hindustani Classical Music. He is recipient of ‘Saahityik Kriti Sammaan–2003-2004’ from Hindi Academy, Delhi, for his book ‘Kabeer aur Eesaayee Chintan’, which is the fruit of a multi-disciplinary research. He has also received over 10 awards and honours from interfaith, literary, cultural and social organizations by now.

He has been delivering ‘guest lectures’ at different Departments of the universities, nearly 40 by now, as well as colleges on diverse themes. He has also delivered ‘extension lectures’ on ‘harmony of faiths for social integration’ at over 35 Christian Faculties, as a National Professor. He has been a resource person at national associations of school teachers as well as at one-day seminars for school-teachers on ‘national integration and social harmony’ in over 10 cities. Besides, he addresses a large number of local, regional, national and international conferences of diverse compositions in India and abroad on a variety of harmony-related themes and current concerns.

He has two Audio-CD albums with his musical compositions to his credit, one ‘Samanvay-dhaara’ on ‘multi-faith values’ and the other ‘Samanvay Sarita’ on the lines of saint poets of Hindi on ‘socio-spiritual values’. He is member of over 20 literary, social, cultural, religious and inter-faith organizations. He has authored nearly 200 articles in Hindi and English as well as appeared some 15 times on diverse TV channels for interactions. He has also travelled over 20 countries overseas for cultural exposure and educational contribution.

Presently, Dr Thomas is involved in authoring articles and books on ‘harmony themes’ and on ‘current social concerns’ and in processing universal values of sacred scriptures and classics in to poetical-musical renderings as well as actively promoting mutual interaction, harmonious living, national integration and social harmony. ‘Religion in public sphere’ is his current focus and making a more harmonious society is his life mission.

– press release

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