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Peace & Harmony - Theme in Campaign against Hunger

Peace & Harmony is one of the themes of the CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER & DISEASE – 2009 taken up by the Centre For Social Action. The campaign was launched on 28th November, 2009 in the presence of Addl. Director General of Police, Shri. Subhash Avate (IPS) & Bishop Percival Fernandez, Aux. Bishop of Bombay

 

In his lecture to the activists of Community Social Organisations, Fr. S.M. Michael, a researcher at the University of Mumbai, explained that there were three areas of contention creating communal tensions: They are

1. culture

2. nation

3. conversion.

 

However when examined closely, the clash of interests are only in the name of these three areas, and are really economic, political and self-interest.

Culture: There is a move to project one particular monolithic culture as being the true Indian culture, when in fact India is multicultural, and even multi-racial.

Nation: While some would like to define what we have in India as a Hindu Rastra, or speak of cultural nationalism, we have to recogmise that what we have is Constitutional Nation. This constitutional nationalism has its roots in contending nationalistic streams in the run-up to independence. We can trace it to Raja Ramohan Ray who set up the Brahmo Samaj before leading upto the establishment of the Indian National Congress. You had the ideas of Dayanand Saraswati who worked for Arya Varta Sangatna and initiated the purification ceremony to re-convert etc. There was also the struggle led by Periyar, who spoke for the dravidan cause. The other trend was set up by Jyotiba Phule who fought for women’s education, and a modern India, and a unity of the suppressed people, the so called lower castes. It was these ideas that were taken up by Ambedkar, who is know as the father of the Indian constitution.

Conversion Conversion has been predominant in our history. At one time at the time of Asoka, an overwhelming majority of those in this territory were Buddhist. If we believe in the dignity of the person then we will have to respect whatever choice that person makes in terms of beliefs. The only way to do it is to have the freedom of each of us to tell our story. And each of us to LISTEN to the other. That is dialogue.

Conflict will always be there. Therefore in the dialogue on conversion, we have to look at a win-win solution. We have to recognise this and follow the rules of the game. And much like in any game, there is a referee, we have the constitutions, the political setup and the courts who have to play this role.

PEACE BUILDING IS AN ETERNAL EXERCISE. We have to continue doing it all the time and evolve a methodology of win win solutions. In this the first step is to bring education and remove poverty.

 

MOHALLA COMMITTEE MOVEMENT TRUST
AND MUMBAI POLICE

ORGANISES

COMMUNAL HARMONY WEEK

15th - 21st November’2009.


INDRADHANUSH a Hindi word for rainbow whose different colours signifies the diversity of Indian culture and ethnicity. Like wise the week long Programme has diverse facets of our countrys culture like folk dances and songs, geet, ghazals and qawwali, Kavi sammelan, Mushaira, Elocution, Poster and Essay competition, theatre, sports, etc.

 

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Prabhash Joshi

Citizens for Peace mourns the passing away of Prabhash Joshi, noted journalist and a great champion of communal harmony. Shri Joshi, 72, passed away on November 6th, in New Delhi.

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TO OBAMA or
FOR PEACE


There has been varied response to this annoucement. But what does it means for peace and how can we further the peace agenda. Kindly This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Nobel Peace Prize:

Obama himself says he's accepted the Prize as a call to action

Mahatma Gandhi, the Missing Laureate

by Øyvind Tønnesson. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/articles/gandhi/




Let’s flood Obama with a million messages of encouragement and urgency, pressing him to turn hope into action

- http://www.avaaz.org

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The Nobel Peace Prize in the past has gone to very deserving and undeserving candidates.So far Barack Hussein Obama is concerned, his mascots are Hope and Change. That is Change linked to Hope
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To be branded as a peacenik may not really help given the US history. But still, let's hope.

- emails fromSukla Sen

Obama himself says he's accepted the Prize as a call to action

Let’s flood Obama with a million messages of encouragement and urgency, pressing him to turn hope into action -http://www.avaaz.org/en/obama_peace_prize . This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Don’t display religion in hsg societies
Court rules that housing society members cannot hold any function that could cause ‘unrest and enmity’

By Anand Holla, 06, 2009, Mumbai Mirror

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Documentary film festival in Mumbai

Noted documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan’s multiple award winning film “War and Peace" will be screened at a documentary film festival in Mumbai at Cinemax and Metro Big Cinemas from 4th October - 25th October organised by the Enlighten Film Society. Described as the ‘journey of peace activism’, the film covers issues of ‘nuclear tests’ across the globe, including India. Screening will be followed by an interaction with the filmmaker.

The festival concludes with the screening of Rakesh Sharma’s much acclaimed film, “The Final Solution”. The film captures life in Gujrat in the year 2002 post godhra riots.

http://www.dearcinema.com/news/enlighten-organize-docu-fest-mumbai

 
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