World Needs Peace, Not Violence ……
By :- Himadrish Suwan
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr….
Peace refers to absence of hostility. It refers to an environment that is characterized by healthy interpersonal and international relationships, acknowledgment of equality and fairness .
Do we really need guns and cannons, drones and bombs, particularly when we don’t have sufficient food for our innocent children, medicines, education facility for our ailing patients and books for our deserving students? Certainly not; we will have to decide what we need and what we do not. The wrong prioritizing is always the basic flaw that leads a society to a catastrophic destruction. Peace could never be possible in the presence of weapons. No war can last longer if the confronting armies run short of arms and ammunition. For a safer and a prosperous future of the world, all we need is to put a check on the manufacturing, production, trade and supply of weapons. Issues, particularly the conflicting issues are an integral part of life, but these issues must be settled through talks and negotiations, not by use of force. Peace and harmony must be the top priority for everyone, at an individual as well as at regional level. ‘World needs peace’ must be the most important slogan for all of us
Peace is especially important in today’s world. This is because if we look around us, we see a number of nations who are at war with each other. There are a number of factors that are responsible for unrest in the world. The bigger nations are not playing their true role in managing the world, in fact they are imposing their laws on the rest of the world. India ranks 141 of 162 countries in peace index, even lower than Sri Lanka .India’s ranking was brought down by militarisation, conflicts and corruption.
Since the achievement of independence India has been diligently striving for the promotion of peace.India has unbounded faith in peace. It believes that peaceful conditions alone can hold out any hope for the deliverance of mankind from the rut of so many ills it is at present plagued with.
As soon as India got independence, it declared the determination to pursue the path of peace and take effective measures for the promotion of international peace, security and co-operation.
This faith of India is peace in keeping with her ancient tradition and her won genius. India can be singled out as a nation which has hardly ever waged wars of aggression simply for self-aggrandizement. Mahavir Swami and Gautama Buddha tirelessly preached against all kinds of violence. Their teachings were no heeded, but also acted upon by Indian emperors.
India had learnt from Mahatma Gandhi that stable pace could be found on the improvement of economic condition of the people. When India got freedom, she was faced with the gigantic task of meliorating the economic condition of her masses. India beloved that economic prosperity and freedom were indivisible. Hence world peace was essential not only for the economic development, but also for the economic development of all the backward countries of the world.
But our peace policy strikes with number of loopholes when we stand with the development with Pakistan. On unofficial levels, links are more stronger as they have been for a number of years. The Aman ki Asha media initiative has institutionalised cooperation in a sector that, in both countries, is known for promoting messages of peace. Academia and civil society often host conferences such as the recent social media mela in Karachi that bring both nations together. And bilateral business exchanges are a regular occurrence.But these are not enough to interpret that India-Pak has a friendly relationship. When we see the other side of the coin we find a black mark in these friendship -bond initiatives.
The border between India and Pakistan has seen a bloody partition in 1947 that killed hundreds of thousands; more than 15,000 dead in three wars and 25 years spent fighting over a glacier; 40,000-100,000 in the insurgency in the disputed province of Kashmir. And now both countries are armed with weapons.
Pakistan and India are two democratic neighboring countries whose bilateral relationship always plays an inevitable role in promotion of the regional peace and prosperity. If these two countries had been on friendly terms and relations, the present scenario along and across their borders would not have been filled with hostility and enmity. Unfortunately other than the innate natural disliking for each other, there are so many issues which always add distress to the already growing distances between these countries. It is true that the natural feeling of disliking can never be rooted out but we can do a lot to uproot the issues adding to this disliking. These issues include water conflict, the Kashmir dispute, the problem of Sir Creek and certainly the scourge of terrorism veiled behind extremism.
India Pakistan relations, with a history of lurching from hopeful engagement to bitter break-up, is a cycle determined by political wisdom on the one side and terrorism on the other. The last interruption was engendered by the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers in January, including the beheading of one of them.The regular attack on the Line of Control (LOC) by the Pakistan Army really proves how much the world really thinks to foster peace & harmony.
By itself, a settlement with India will not make Pakistan a safe place. But it would encourage a series of changes reining in the generals, building up democratic institutions, spending more on health and education, rejecting Islamist terrorism, rethinking its approach to Afghanistan which could start to transform the country. Until that happens, Pakistan will remain a disappointment to itself and a danger to the world. India stands for the solution of all international problems by peaceful means like adjudication, arbitration, mediation, etc. India has set examples of the same in her own case. Following her conflict with China, India accepted Colombo Proposals in order to avoid future wars with China and settle all her outstanding disputes with the latter by peaceful means.
All these issues can be settled through negotiations and table-talks but the basic thing the two countries need is the will to solve the issues and shorten the distances. Pakistan sincerely wants Kashmir issue to be resolved as per the wishes of Kashmiri people according to the UN Charter and same would be the desire of peace loving stratum of the Indian society. It is high time the people of India joined hands with the people of Pakistan and seek a peaceful way of resolving the ever-pending Kashmir issue.
India has been of the view that continuance of Colonialism, racial discrimination and imperialism in any form in a serious menace to peace. The recognition of sovereign equality of all people living in various part of the world, and all nations’ right to political freedom is the fundamental factor in India’s foreign policy. From the very beginning India began to champion the cause of nationalist movements in Asia and other parts of the world. An Asian Relations Conference was organized by Late. Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru with the sole object of getting the world to focus attention to this issue which aims to foster peace.
“Violence begets violence,” the Pope concludes. “War must always be considered a defeat: a defeat of reason and of humanity. May men soon make a spiritual and cultural leap forward to outlaw war! Yes, never again war!”