THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE AT SVIMS!
Peace is something that every human aspires for. Cherish it while you have it & build on it to sustain it.
Peace can be summarized as the feeling of harmony, freedom from slavery, abolition of child labour and tolerance & respect for everyone. In 1981, a beautiful concept was first established by a resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly. This concept was that of ‘The International Day of Peace’ celebrated around the world on the 21st of September as a day of global cease-fire & non-violence, when all countries and people stop all hostilities for the entire day. The day is marked by many celebrations and peace marches to honour world peace in cities and countries worldwide. The wise words of Jimmy Carter give a summary of why Peace is important: “Peace is more than the absence of war. There is an inner peace that comes from personal security and personal freedom. Peace also includes the sense of a mother and father that their children will live, that they’ll have food for them to eat, and that they won’t be subject to a lifetime of suffering that could have been prevented.”
On the 21st of September 2015, the International Day of Peace was celebrated with zeal and zest at Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Wadala. The Day of Peace was inaugurated with the beautiful ‘Peace Dance’ performance by the cute little Primary School kids of the NKES School, a highly inspiring gesture that schools now-a-days inculcate and promote such concepts as “Peace” in students at such a young age!
The dance was followed by a participative presentation on the History and Background of the World Peace Day, highlighting the importance of the day to the audience. The audience was then made aware of the journey of Mr. Jeremy Gilley, the British documentary filmmaker and actor who founded the organization ‘Peace One Day’ in 1999, with the objective of institutionalizing the International Day of Peace. Mr. Jeremy Gilley desired there be one single day when all countries vowed not to wage war: a worldwide ceasefire and non-violence day. The aim of Peace One Day is to make 3 billion people aware of September 21 being the International Day of Peace by the year 2016.
The audience was then enlightened with the concept of Walk of Hope which is a padayatra for peace and harmony by the Manav Ekta Mission, covering 6500 kms from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. Led by Sri M, founder of Manav Ekta Mission, the journey spans 15-18 months through 11 Indian states, bringing together citizens from all walks of life. Traversing the varied landscape of India, it seeks a significantly restored nation, fit enough to be bequeathed to the future generations.
After sharing the wonderful contributions of Mr. Jeremy Gilley and Sri M, the small contribution of the students of SVIMS to the Peace Day was shared with the patient audience in the form of a small video. The 1st year MMS students of SVIMS had gone around the whole of Mumbai, asking people 3 interesting questions – ‘What does 21st September signify?’, ‘What does Peace mean to you?’ & ‘Who will you make peace with?’ It was interesting to know that only one among the whole lot of people being interviewed knew that the 21st of September was the Antarrashtriya Shantata Divas i.e. The World Peace Day! And guess what… He was a Municipal Worker!
The audience was then graced by the wise words of the galaxy of speakers – Dr. Manjunath, Mr. Ajay Prakash, Mr. Kiran Yadav and Mr. Manjunathiah. The guest of honour – Ms. Archana Tomar also shared her experiences with the audience. Dr. Manjunath highlighted the importance of equality among all living beings with no hint of superiority in order for peace to take roots on earth. Mr. Ajay Prakash brought the point of expressing oneself when witnessing a wrong deed not aggressively but in a peaceful and effective manner. Mr. Kiran Yadav highlighted the importance of profit for peace and ultimately peace for profit in business. Mr. Manjunathiah threw light upon the embedded reference of Peace in the Hindu culture. The guest of honour – Ms. Archana Tomar shared her story of the Mountain People, an organization she and her brother founded in order to uplift communities by just asking what their dream was and what they really needed at that point in time to make the communities realize their true potential.
The celebrations had a peaceful ending with the white-clad audience being sworn under the Pledge of the IIPT Credo of a Peaceful Traveler. The day came to a festive end with each one in the audience being served samosas and cold drinks along with a new perspective of peace & the realization that
“Mankind Should Put An End To War Or War Will Put An End To Mankind!” – John F Kennedy