The South Asian Times

25 April 2019 11:49 AM

Interfaith paper and charity launched

Hicksville, NY: An interfaith journal titled ‘One World Under God’ was launched here July 22 at an event where speakers from six major world religions gave presentations on how their faiths endorse and reinforce the Founding Principles of America as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence: “ …that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The biweekly is the first such journal from the South Asian community. It is published by Global Interfaith Foundation, helmed by Darshan Singh Bagga, a  Long Island investor-builder. The journal release at Bagga Plaza II, which too was formally opened that afternoon, was attended by over 125 guests and graced by dignitaries including Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino (chief guest), Hicksville legislator Rose Walker, Parikh Worldwide Media Chairman Dr Sudhir Parikh, FIA (NY-NJ-CT) President Srujal Parikh, President of AIA-NY Gobind Munjal, and Bobby Kumar Kalotee, Chairman of Nassau County’s Human Rights Commission.

‘One World Under God’, edited by Parveen Chopra (who is also the Managing Editor of The South Asian Times), aims to dispel ignorance and create awareness in the public about faiths of others to promote social harmony and world peace. Among those who spoke at the event included Prof IJ Singh (Professor Emeritus NYU) and Prof Balwinder S. Bhogal of Hofstra on Sikhism, Dr Yousuf Syed  (Trustee of the Selden Mosque) on Islam, Ravi Vaidyanaat (Executive Director, Ganesh temple) on Hinduism,  Shailendra Palvia (Professor at LIU Post) on Jainism and Rabbi Yitschak Hassine on Judaism. They all gave inspiring messages that we are all the children of God, all equal before him, and we should work towards inter-religious understanding and harmony.

At the event, Mr Bagga also gave scholarships of $2000 each to seven graduating students of Hicksville High School who are pursuing higher studies. Mr Bagga, known as a 70$ to 70 million success story who stamps his buildings with his name a al Trump, has launched the journal and the foundation as a first step to give back to society.

The launch issue of the paper is available at

Update: 02 Aug, 2018