पत्थर की मूरतों में समझा है तू ख़ुदा है

ख़ाक-ए-वतन का मुझ को हर ज़र्रा देवता है

आ ग़ैरियत के पर्दे इक बार फिर उठा दें

बिछड़ों को फिर मिला दें नक़्श-ए-दुई मिटा दें

सूनी पड़ी हुई है मुद्दत से दिल की बस्ती

आ इक नया शिवाला इस देस में बना दें


An excerpt from नया शिवाला

by Sir Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938)

February 15, 2021 witnessed the commencement of Disom — The Leadership School, a programme of Initiatives of Change, at its campus at Asia Plateau, Panchgani. The beginning was marked with a celebration of the Sufi Basant Panchami in a tribute to India's lesser-known, yet deeply syncretic, traditions and ways of life.

The day-long celebrations were graced by Dr. Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, a former Member of the Planning Commission and a former Member of the National Commission for Women. A feminist and a writer, she is widely recognised for her passionate engagement in public affairs and social issues, especially for women, minorities and peace. She spent four days with the cohort, talking about 'Understanding Islam' from the prism of peace, inclusion and love as endorsed by The Quran. 

Also honouring the programme was Shri Prahlad Singh Tipanya, a follower of the gharana of spiritual singers who have kept Sant Kabir alive in an unbroken oral tradition for over 600 years. A powerful vocalist with a signature folk idiom, he possesses a magnetic ability to communicate with his audiences. His insights and songs at this programme spoke about the spiritual and social messages of Kabir, which stress the need to transcend divisiveness, ritualism and idolatry and adopt love as the higher calling.

Noted environmentalist Shri Ashish Kothari conducted a conversational session on development, environment interface, biodiversity policy and alternatives. He is one of founders of Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group that believes that a country can develop meaningfully only when ecological sustainability and social equity are guaranteed. 

Director of Asia Plateau Siddharth Singh, Panchgani Mayor Laxmi Karhadkar, IofC trustees and IofC community were also present.

Disom — The Leadership School is a movement that steadfastly and sustainably facilitates the emergence of a tribe of 'Servant Leaders' for our country. The school is a lived experience of deep democracy. It nurtures leadership that shares responsibilities and decision-making with communities and constituencies with humility, compassion and grace. It fosters leaders who are driven by a spirit of service and see power as a means to achieve shared wellbeing.

IofC, the Disom Cohort 2021-2022 and the Disom Core Team bring to you through photographs the colours and flavours of this unique day, which was a medley of music, yatra, dialogue, conversation and celebration, dusted in the yellow of a young spring.

Photographs by Amit Rana Tirkey












































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