CHALLENGES TO PEACE
(On the occasion of International Day for Peace September 21st 2010)
- Fr. Cedric Prakash sj*
About 140 heads of State and Government have gathered together at the United Nations Headquarters for a
Ten years later and with just about five years to 2015, in order to realize their promises – the global leaders will have to admit in all humility, that they still have a long way to go. Wars and conflicts, violence and divisiveness have had a tremendous stranglehold in various corners of the world. When peace remains elusive, the MDGs will continue to be unattainable.
Communalism and religious fanaticism still rears its ugly head with frightening regularity. The hacking of the hand of a Professor in Kerala and his subsequent sacking from the College he taught in, is a case in point.
December 10th 1992, will remain one of the darkest days in the history of independent
Peace is not only possible but doable. Governments and those elected to the responsibility of leading the people must provide governance which is responsible and objective, based on the rights and freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.
Even as we observe another International Day of Peace on September 21st, the one question which will trouble many of us is, if there a political will to ensure that?
(* Fr. Cedric Prakash sj is the Director of PRASHANT, the Ahmedabad based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace.)
20th September, 2010
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