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Sangat TV’s Guerrilla Journalism Wins Fans amid Riots 11 August , 2011

Armed with just a camera and microphone Sangat TV reporter Upinder Randhawa has become a well-known face during coverage of the riots and disorder in Birmingham this week.

Darting around the city, broadcasting as events unfold, he has created a following among viewers and social media users alike.

His direct, and at times, emotional reports on the state of the city seemingly in the grip of looters and rioters seem to have struck a chord with his audience.

Most notably, footage that appears to show his team giving police a lift to chase after a man suspected of being involved in the three deaths in Winson Green on Wednesday has been shown by the BBC, Sky and other outlets.

 

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Interfaith Unity in Tottenham as Riots Continue 9 August , 2011

A representative from the board of Deputies of British Jews joined a mulltifaith “vigil of hope” on Monday evening in Tottenham.

The event was arranged following the death of resident Mark Duggan and the violent protests and riots that followed.

As riots again erupted across London, faith and lay leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gathered at a church to call for calm. Tottenham MP David Lammy also attended.

Phil Rosenberg, the Board’s interfaith officer, said that seeing London’s different communities coming together gave hope that “a city so dear to us all” could be rebuilt.

 

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The British Sikh Association Annual Seminar 4 August , 2011

The British Sikh Association (BSA) hosted an inter-faith Seminar at the Nehru Centre, London on 28th July 2011 to promote interfaith dialogue for peaceful coexistence.  

Over 130 guests attended the seminar including high profile guest speakers: Lord Hylton; Lord Popat of Harrow; Founder-Director of Faith Matters, Mr. Fiaz Mughal OBE, FCMI; Vice Chancellor of World Sikh University, Dr. Sukhbir S. Kapoor OBE.

Mrs. Jasminder Kasturia, Acting Director of the Nehru Centre, welcomed guests and was proud that the Nehru Centre was promoting such seminars designed to build bridges between communities. She also said that she was looking forward to more events of this nature in the future.

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Taking Christian-Muslim Relations in the UK to the Next Level 1 June , 2011

We need to do far more to redress a deeply damaging situation and some misrepresentations of both Christianity and Islam, says Reverend Richard Cheetham.

London – In London, where I live, scarcely a day goes by without some media interest in relations between Muslims and Christians. Usually the coverage is negative and often implies that religion is a constant and inevitable source of conflict. The recent clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Cairo which have left several dead and many injured, for example, have been widely reported in the British press.

There have been many statements of condemnation of these atrocities from Muslims and Christians alike, but unfortunately in such cases words are not enough. We need to do far more to redress a deeply damaging situation and some misrepresentations of both Christianity and Islam. In order to address this need in England, the Christian Muslim Forum was created five years ago after an initiative by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to increase understanding and to find ways that Muslims and Christians can live together with faith.

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London Faith Leaders Come Together for Mayor’s Interfaith Conference 10 February , 2011

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Faith leaders and representatives of religious groups in London have come together for an important conference looking at how they might mobilise their communities and unlock civic potential in the capital.

The day-long event at Kings College was hosted by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who said:

‘London’s faith communities are a huge reservoir of goodwill and commitment with a vital role to play in helping young people to stay away from crime, realise their aspirations and achieve their potential. They offer support to the elderly and other vulnerable groups, as well as engendering community spirit, from volunteering and mentoring to philanthropic giving. These are issues that Londoners care about, so let’s harness this impulse for good, which will bring massive benefits for future generations in our city.’

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