Acharya Lokesh Muni wins National Communal Harmony Award
Acharya Lokesh Muni has been conferred with the National Communal Harmony Award 2010 by the Jury headed by the Hon’ble Vice-President of India in the individual category.
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 under Ministry of Home Affairs, for promoting communal harmony and national integration. The award carries a citation and Rs. 2.00 lakh for the individual. The Jury did not find any organization suitable for this award for the year 2010.
Acharya Lokesh Muni is the chief functionary of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati, a Delhi based voluntary organisation which aims at promoting non-violence, peace, communal harmony, working against female foeticide & drug addiction, providing help during natural calamities, etc. Acharya Lokesh Muni worked to de-escalate Hindu Muslim strife after the Jama Masjid explosion in 2006-07 and tension between Dera Sacha Sauda and the Sikh community in 2007. He participated in a 1500 km walk from Haryana to Gujarat to promote communal harmony. Shri Muni studied Jainism, Buddhism and Vedic philosophy and has 12 books to his credit on subjects like female foeticide, terrorism, principles of peace and brotherhood. For his academic pursuits, the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines awarded him the Doctor of Philosophy.