World Conference on Unity of Man
The World Conference on Unity of Man commenced on 3 February, 1974 under the sponsorship of Sant Kirpal Singh and ended on 6 February, 1974. Religious, political and social leaders from all over India and some hundred delegates from all over the world, nearly from 30 countries, participated in the Conference.
The World Conference on Unity of Man had a memorable start with a great procession – a demonstration of unity: well over hundred thousand men, women, and children from eighteen countries of the world of different races, nationalities and creed marched along the three and half miles distance on the main thoroughfares of Delhi to reach Ramlila grounds, the venue of the Conference. Sant Kirpal Singh and the heads of various religious formations walked in front of the procession.
Over four hundred delegates from all parts of the world and two thousand from all over India participated in the deliberations.
The religious and political leaders who came included: Nichidatsu Fuji, Buddhist leader from Japan; Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, head of the International Order of the Sufis; Acharya Sri Tulsi Ji, Jain Leader; Dr. Angelo Fernandes, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Delhi; Lama Kushak Bakula, Head Lama from Ladakh; Mufti Atquil Rehman, Muslim leader, as well as Indira Gandhi with her cabinet, and many others, as for example the Vice-President of India Dr. G. S. Pathak, the Defence Minister Sri Jagjivan Ram, Dr. Karan Singh, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Swaran Singh. In addition to these many other ministers of the Union of India, members of Parliament, and state officials addressed the Conference or took part in the panel discussions.