Path towards peace
Jun 22, 2018-
Peace is a condition of calmness or the absence of any disturbances. In a broader context, peace is also the absence of wars and conflicts. As happiness is not possible without a peaceful environment, peace is a necessity for human beings. Peace is important at both the personal and community levels. It is vital for the wellbeing of a person but also for the smooth running of society. People can get jobs and infrastructure can be built only if law and order are maintained in a country. This maintenance is also a sign of peace.
Unfortunately, as easy as the concept of peace sounds, it is much more complicated. If you look at history, peace has never been earned so easily. Many countries have been hit hard by everlasting and devastating conflicts. Since 1983, the Sinhalese-dominated government in Sri-Lanka was, until recently, fighting against the rebel group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a group trying to create a separate nation for the Tamil minority of the country. Likewise, Intifada, recurring uprisings of Palestinian Arabs, was started in 1987 in Israeli controlled Palestine. The Hutu-Tutsi civil war in Rwanda went on for decades and only ended with genocide. The Indo-Pak territorial tension over Jammu and Kashmir still remains unresolved. Even Nepal witnessed a ten-year insurgency, which was resolved by the peace accord of 2006.
History shows that violence is of no good to anybody. The two world wars fought in the twentieth century caused unprecedented suffering to mankind. Though violence has been used as a tool for political and cultural revolutions over and over again, it can never be justified. It is better if we try to achieve our goals through peaceful measures even if they may take a longer time.
In world history, even the greatest of reformations have been possible through peaceful means. The Maoist for example, eventually joined the peaceful movement with other parliamentary forces of Nepal. Even global powers such as the USA and Russia have come to a consensus on a range of issues, be it managing nuclear weapons or tackling climate change. The recently held peace talks between North and South Korea are also evidence of this. While peace brings happiness, violence brings agony and misery. The world must promote peace, understanding, and cooperation for the common good. Today, modern societies have become so complex that they are perhaps generating increasingly complex conflicts. The more we succeed in undoing and reducing these conflicts, the more we benefit. Violence is not a humane trait, it is not a mark of humanity, which is why we must try to resolve our conflicts through peaceful means.
Each and every government should try being fair and serving its entire people equally so that there is no chaos. Resources should be distributed equally. Democracy, which is based on principles such as peaceful co-existence and mutual respect, is crucial. Our wisdom, skills, and technological advancements should only be used for the purpose of overall development and peace.
Satyawati Secondary School, Damauli
Published: 22-06-2018 08:07