Vinod C Dixit
September 21st is observed around the world as the International Day of Peace. The ‘Peace’ that God means for us is not ‘world peace’ but it means completeness, soundness, prosperity at all levels of our lives. World peace is defined as an ideal of freedom, peace, and happiness among and within all nations and/or people. When we wake up in the morning and listen to the radio or read the newspaper, we are confronted with the same sad news: violence, crime, wars and disasters. Today, peace has predominantly become political work towards settlement of issues between the nations through military involvement, cessation of arms and weapons and dialogue on less-violent, civilian matters. Peace requires humanitarian efforts that extend helping hands to the calamity-hit regions in the world. Mahatma Gandhi – the father of the Indian nation is not seen in this platform of world peace. His ideologies remain neglected at the global forum and are considered as a tonic for social and cultural development only. As he is known as the Father of India politically; economically his dictum stands as a medicine merely for building local economy. He said, “If we have no charity, and no tolerance, we shall never settle our differences amicably and must therefore always submit to the arbitration of a third party.” His perception of bringing peace and resolving conflicts had such a diversified point of interest every time, when he insisted on fasting to bring hostile situation under control. Today we all over the world crave for peace. The leaders and politicians of the world are trying to achieve world peace. But many difficulties come in the way. There is fear and suspicion among nations. Russia suspects the motives of the United States. The Americans likewise do not trust Russia. Pakistan does not trust India and vice versa. Confidence building measures are imperative to end acrimonious mindset and disastrous arms race between the countries, engaged in cold wars, but if these intriguing wars of words culminate in hot pursuits then nobdy would emerge as victorious, because of the total elimination of the warring nations, thanks to their capability of using, self-made or acquired, nuclear war engines. It is said that voice of the people is the voice of God. Nowhere in the world people want war. They are fed up with it. The desire for peace is supreme in their hearts. Powerful countries should give up the race of arming themselves and their friendly countries to the teeth. Peace and prosperity can be attained through the realization of five basic fundamental freedoms, for all people, everywhere in the world. They are: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment, and freedom from fear. Modern challenges of poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, water scarcity, social inequality, environmental degradation, diseases, corruption, racism and xenophobia, among others, pose challenges for peace and create fertile grounds for conflict. Peace is the mother of progress. Without peace a nation cannot make any progress. So peace is ever desirable. World-peace is absolutely necessary. The public opinion of the world is in favour of lasting peace. Focusing on peace is imperative for our future. Peace is certainly something we must seek. History is a record of wars. Peace is still a dream. People talk of peace but prepare for war. Almost all the countries have been raising their defence budgets. There are just a few who have come to learn that the solutions to the challenges lie in interactive consultations and dialogues, majority are still pursuing a path of self-destruction, sadly.