Qaisra Shahraz an international writer and educationist was in India in January and February 2017 to take part in Jaipur and Kerala literature festival and on a 5 city tour. In her role as a peace activist and Chair of Faith Network 4 Manchester, and executive member of Muslim Jewish Forum & We Stand Together she has been assiduously promoting messages of peace, using FFEU banner with its logo, ‘Spread Hummus Not Hate.’
She visited the prestigious Agriculture University, now known as SHIETS and SS Khanna Women College in Allahabad, the state of Gujarat.
In Coimbatore, in Tamil Nadu she was hosted by the Chancellor of the Avinashilingam Women University, Dr Krishna Kumar and in Kerala by Vice Chancellor- Dr. Jayakumar, both well respected and achieving men in their fields.
-This is what Qaisra said to the students and teachers during her visit.
Quote ’We live in dangerous time- with the president of America having legalised hatred, including against Muslims and Jews. Intolerance is a terrible disease. I fear those with intolerant minds. Whether we are Muslims, Jews, Christians or Hindus,we need to stand up, to those who seek to divide us. Through our silence we are condoning the actions of those bent on spreading hate. We should have the courage to challenge those around us, even our family members for example, if they are guilty of spreading hate or promote racism and communal divisions.’
Wherever Qaisra went, she was warmly welcomed. She found the students so engaging, and asked lots of questions. Staff, students, Heads of departments, chancellors and Vice-Chancellors enthusiastically took to the messages of peace & harmony, and happily posed with the peace banner and Qaisra.