WJC had co-sponsored the Ahimsa Year Conference held in New Jersey on 13/14th April 2002 initiated by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New York branch and JAINA of USA. Shri Pratap Bhogilal had occasion to participate in it also. This conference was very well attended by over 1500 people. Since then Shri Pratap Bhogilal had visited Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, London where he met a number of friends with whom he discussed the formation of WJC and all of them were very happy that such an organization had been formed and promised their support in all possible ways.
On 28th April 2002, a first Interfaith Seminar was held on ‘Relevance of Bhagwan Mahavir & His Teachings in Today’s Environment’ on the conclusion of the celebrations of the 2600th Janma Kalyanak of Bhagwan Mahavir in Mumbai on 25th April 2002. The eminent speakers were Munivarya Prakhar Pravachankar Shri Vimal Sagar Maharaj Saheb, Padma Shree Muzaffar Hussein and Pujya Shri Gyanpriya Swamiji.
On Gandhi Jayanti, 2nd October 2002, Kshamapana-Sadbhavana (Forgiveness – good will) celebration cum interfaith seminar was organised by WJC at Birla Matushri Sabhagrih in Mumbai. The function was very successful and was well attended with almost 1000 people present even though on Gandhi Jayanti day numerous functions are held in the City. This function was sponsored by Bank of Baroda. Shri Arun Gujarati, Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly was Chief Guest and Dr. Mohanbhai I. Patel, Ex-Sheriff of Mumbai was Guest of Honour. The Eminent speakers from diverse faiths included Pujya Acharya Dharmadhurandhar Surishwarji, Acharya Chandana Shriji – Jain seers, Dr. Rafiq Zakaria (Islam), Mr. Solomon Sopher (Judaism), Bishop Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Vasai (Christianity), Shri Gautam ji (Vedic Philosophy) and Prof. Anil Sarwal (Baha’i).
A book titled “KSHAMAPANA SADBHAVANA” containing the views of the speakers expressed on the subject of Ahimsa (non-violence) Anekant (Multifaceted view of Reality) and Aparigraha (restraint in consumption & accumulation) at the Seminar on 2nd October, 2002 was launched in the presence of Trustees, Governing Council Members and invitees of WJC on 18TH January, 2003.
WJC circulated its Newsletter “AHIMSA WORLD” to report its developments.
Interfaith Conferences and Seminars are consequently held on 2nd October every year to commemorate the birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who was a staunch believer of Ahimsa. Eminent leaders from various faiths address the audience. The Theme of the Seminars held every year and the speakers for the same are given in Appendix.
Biennial Convention of JAINA, USA held at Cincinnati from 3-6 July, 2003 which was addressed by Shri Pratap Bhogilal and Dr. N.P. Jain. WJC arranged for a booth where profiles of WJC and its publications “Kshamapana and Sadbhavana” and “Ahimsa World were distributed.
WJC organized a function to celebrate ‘Ahimsa Day’ in the House of Commons in London, UK. Jointly with the Institute of Jainology, London on 14th October 2003 The host of the conference was British MP Mr. Stephen Pound, Chairman of Labour Friends of India. It was attended by MPs, both Labour and Conservative. The High Commissioner of India to the UK, H.E. Mr. Ronen Sen was the Chief Guest. Five sets of the following 9 books were presented to the host viz. the Labour MP, the Conservative MP, to the Libraries of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and also to the Indian High Commission:
Tattvarthasutra ‘That which is’ by Dr. Nathmal Tatia
Jain Path for Purification by Prof. P.S. Jaini
‘Anekant’ – The Third Eye by Acharya Mahapragnya
Jain Temples in and outside India by Dr. L.M. Singhvi
Non-violence – a way of life by Dr. Kumarpal Desai
Jain Declaration on Nature
Towards Global Togetherness by Dr. L.M. Singhvi
Jaina Philosophy & Religion by Shri Nagin J. Shah
Jaina Art of India
Dr. L.M. Singhvi- President, Shri Pratap Bhogilal - Chairman Board of Trustees, Shri Chetanya Kasyap – Vice President, and Shri Mahesh Gandhi – Member – Governing Council were distinguished representatives of WJC at this function.
WJC felicitated Dr. Kumarpal Desai on 19th March, 2004 on his being awarded “Padmashree” by his Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India.
WJC’s representatives, participated in the “2004 - Parliament of World Religions” held at Barcelona, Spain in July 2004 for one week. The Jain community made a serious and significant impression among 8,000 religious leaders, activists and lay people from 75 countries at this Parliament about the existence of Jainism as a separate religion as well as its dominant teachings of non-violence in these modern times of increasingly religiously motivated violent world. Our contingent comprised Shri Chetanya Kasyap – vice president, Shri Mahesh Gandhi and Shri H.S. Ranka – members of Governing Council, Dr. C.D. Shah – International President Jain Social Group Federation, Samani Pratibha Pragnaji, Shri Anup Vora – President JAINA, USA, Dr. Homi Dhalla, Dr. Jaswant Singh Neki, Mr. Naresh Jain from USA, Mr. Vinod Kapashi from UK and Ms. Raksha Shah (Lecturer of Mumbai University) made presentation on various subjects at this Parliament. Video messages of Hon’ble President of India – Dr. A.P.J. Kalam and His Holiness Acharya Mahapragyaji were also shown while presenting the Unity of Minds a movement of interfaith promoted by them.
The “Cycling for Charity” event sponsored by Veerayatan and WJC in July 2004 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, UK was a great success and raised a sum of more than £2 Lacs out of which £1 Lac was donated towards the building of “The Temple of Peace” and the remaining amount towards various children’s charities.
WJC participated at the Palanpur Medical Camp organized by the Ratna Nidhi Samarak Trust from 26th April to 2nd May 2005 as part of the camp activities, tricycles, wheelchairs, Jaipur foot, calipers, crutches garments and medicines were given to the beneficiaries.
On 8th November 2008, Shri M.S. Bali, Chief Post Master General (Maharashtra and Goa), India Post released a postal stamp at Mumbai in memory of Shri Virchand Raghavji Gandhi who had participated as the Jain representative at the instance of Pujya Acharya Shri Atmanandji Maharaj and Pujya Acharya Vijayanand Suriji in the First Parliament of World Religions held in Chicago in 1893. Shri Virchand Bhai very courageously spoke in the presence of nearly 7000 Christians where Swami Vivekananda had also participated. The stamp release function was organised and hosted by WJC in association with JAINA of USA. Smt. Rajshree Birla graced the function as the chief Guest. P.P. Muni Shri Nayapadma Sagar ji Maharaj Saheb blessed the gathering by his speech. The function was attended by around 1100 people. The speakers were Dr. N. P. Jain and Padma Shri Dr. Kumarpalbhai Desai. They recounted the contribution of late Virchandbhai to spread the message of Jainism universally. Ms. Ila Shah made a power point presentation on Shri Virchand Bhai. WJC published the following 4 books which were sponsored Shri. Damjibhai L. Shah (Anchorwala), on this occasion:
During this function, WJC realized that while Vivekanandaji’s thoughts on the Hindu religion have been known all over the world because of the follow up of their religionists, the efforts of Shri Virchand Gandhi not only at the World Jain Parliament but for his sojourn in USA, UK and Europe for the next two years which had made a great mark about the Jain philosophy then, did not achieve the result of making the Jain philosophy known all over the world because of the lack of proper follow up.
WJC organized a drama “Apurva Khela”on the life of Jain Sant Shri Anandghanji on 22nd April 2012 at Mumbai He was a Jain saint, Fakir and a mystic poet who wrote 22 poems (stavanas) on praise of Parmatma and 110 other poems (Pada),a combination of devotion and knowledge. His books have been published in Gujarati. He renounced the worldly pleasures and moved into the jungle for meditation and self realization.
WJC sponsored a Drama on Bhamasha, legendary Rajasthani Jain Shravak, Warrior, philanthropist and Patriot on 24th April, 2013 in association with Palanpur Samaj Kendra
In its endeavor to achieve its objects, WJC sought co-operation and support from Institutions of all different faiths like Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP) (USA), Jaina (USA), Institute of Jainology (UK), L.D. Institute of Indology (Ahmedabad), Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Jainology and many other organisations in different countries.
WJC recounts support of Gujarat Samachar Group, Chanderia family of UK, Shrenik Kasturbhai and other prominent Jains all over India and particularly from USA.