PEACE AND VIOLENCE
Respected and distinguished guests and all my dear friends, today I’m going to talk about Peace, something which we so long for all our lives, and work so hard to attain the inner bliss and calmness. In fact, our very existence is defined and driven by that perpetual desire to attain the feeling of tranquility and composure.
But ask yourselves, could you ever experience a sense of assuredness if someone around is constantly suffering and is in mind numbing agony, would you really believe that amity and pacifism exist in the current scenario full of conflict and discord? No, right?
You don’t really have to look very far to understand what I’m trying to implicate, just look at your surroundings, remember those shrill sounds coming from your next door flat, those eerie sobbing sounds, muffled yet shouting out loudly about the raging domestic violence
Doesn’t it make you think that the very idea of Peace in the current context is a mere illusion and nothing more?
Think about those parents who are mistreated by their children, raged upon, abused and left to fend for themselves
I would like to reiterate this point very strongly that there can be no peace until and unless the people in our society and respected and cared for by others, be it the youth, the middle-aged people or are elderly. We are all slaves of the injustice until everyone is free.
It immensely grieves my heart when I see young, well-to-do people shutting out their homes for their parents and sending them off to old age homes. How could you even do this to those who brought you to life and nurtured you and stood by you through every thick and thin.
You’ll be surprised to know that 70% of women in some countries face physical and or sexual violence in their life , and 11-83% of older people in almost 15 countries have been subjected to a variety of types of abuse
The violence against our own brethren has tremendous cost to communities, nations and societies for public wellbeing, health and safety and also for productivity and law enforcement.
The prosperity of a nation is directly proportional to the happiness index of its population. Absence of happiness and peace on the other hand leads to depression and sometimes people themselves become victims or abusers. Henceforth, creating a dearth of a neutral and amiable environment.
We must bring forth innovative and stringent ways to deal with perpetrators and provide justice to the victims. Some studies have shown that bringing together the victims to discuss issues of violence and to be able sensitize towards others has made them feel different. They become more involved and feel free to give suggestions on how to reduce violence.
Government and schools, as a must, must leave no stone unturned to lay the foundation for respect and equality by inculcating values of civility towards the other gender. The following four P’s of action plan are a must for sustaining justice
Protection of Human Rights
Prosecution of offenders
Prevention of violence
Provision of services to survivors
At last, as a conclusion I suppose the least we can do is bestow love and respect on our fellow human beings without any discrimination linked to cast, race, gender or religion and bring about a real change and peace to this world.