Address by the President of the Republic of Mauritius
on the occasion of the World Peace Centre MAEER’s MIT, Pune
on Theme: "Role of Youth in Promoting the Culture of Peacein the World."
Tuesday, 15th December 2009 at 1300 hrs
World Peace Centre, Pune
Prof. Dr. Vishwanath Karad, Founder and Executive President, World Peace Centre, MIT Pune
Prof. Dr. Lari Azad
Prof. Mangesh Karad
The High Commissioner of the Republic of Mauritius
Ladies and Gentlemen
It gives me immense pleasure to be amongst the vibrant, dynamic youths gathered here. I am indeed delighted to be the part of this gathering to put forth my views on the most relevant theme of the day “Role of youth in promoting the culture of peace in the World” being organized by the World Peace Centre, MIT, Pune.
As you know all over the world there is violence, bloodshed, massacre, conflicts, terrorism in the name of caste, creed, race, religion and boundaries of nations. These can be attributed to religious fundamentalism, lack of interfaith dialogue, economic disparity and fear complex.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
There are quite a few reasons for the present global turmoil. It would be necessary to go into these, and try to find out right solutions and take appropriate action. Even though everyone knows that violence is bad, but some how quite a few persons get involved in it either voluntarily or forced into it due to external factors and influences.
Despite the fact that the world has been progressing on many fronts, the disparity and the gap between haves and have-nots has continued to increase. Consumerism is on the rise all over the world. This is causing uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources, adversely affecting the sustainable development and ultimately causing grave issue like Global Warming, which in a way also affects the peace and harmony in the society.
In the past, efforts have been made globally to establish the “Culture of Peace”, but unfortunately a lot of disturbance, chaos and confusion continues to prevail all over the world.
I am indeed happy to know that the MIT, Pune has been quite active in its efforts towards the establishment of the “Culture of Peace”. They have conducted a number of programmes including three world conferences devoted to peace in Pune, Geneva and Switzerland, apart from the Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Human Rights Education and the World Peace Congress-2008.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Indian own for its spirituality and time-tested human values. It is equally known for its peaceful attitude towards all other nations. However, during the last few decades, we find that India has also become a victim of terrorism, violence and bloodshed. The recent example is the brutal attack on Mumbai on 26 November 2008. Today various parts of the world are under the serious threat of violence. All these things arise out of various human vices, which need to be tackled and corrected right at the roots. This problem requires a multi-pronged attack. For this, the youths of the world will have to come forward, take the situation in their stride and find out right solutions followed by appropriate action.
I have got full faith in the present generation of youth, who are dynamic, well informed and are ambitious to face any challenge including that which may cause danger to the entire human race.
I sincerely feel that the only solution to promote the “Culture of Peace” in the world is through value based education and training at all levels starting from Kindergarten to Post Graduation. It is also highly important to lay stress and develop a tremendous sense of character and discipline amongst the children and youth of today. This is possible only by changing the mindset of the youngsters by inculcating the time-tested human values. There is also an urgent need to promote inter-religious and interfaith dialogue, poverty alleviation, human rights education and to create awareness about the issues of environmental improvement and pollution control, including global warming and sustainable development, which are all essential factors.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to congratulate this World Peace Centre and especially Prof. Dr. Vishwanath Karad for his contribution in the field of Education, Science and Spirituality. Prof. Karad, son of a farmer, born in a deprived village with his will power and energy to contribute for the society, has succeeded in his mission.
I also congratulate Dr. Lari Azad for his great contribution in literature and by his voluminous book he has also contributed towards world peace. I feel happy in releasing the book ‘’HEART BEATS OF INDIA’’. Prof. Lari is also doing a noble job in cementing the Indo-Mauritian Friendship.
I also congratulate all those who have made this function possible and wish all of you present here, success in your future endeavours.
I thank you for your attention.