Peace Perspectives …. By Dr Ch Abrar Majid
[dropcap color=”#” bgcolor=”#” sradius=”0″]Y[/dropcap]ou all know, peace is state free of violence, conflict or fear. When we see the UN work, comes to know that in UN charter, peace is not explicitly defined. Instead, it is implicitly a negative definition of peace (the lack of war) and not a positive definition. In other words, officially the UN as an organization works with a definition of peace as the lack of interstate war.
So we may take the UN work as an occurrence of harmony characterized by lack of violence, conflict behaviour and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts or reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all.
This was the some definition in simple words and in the light of UN perspective but when we see the world in concurrent scenario of modern technology especially the information technology, we are completed to think that now world have become global village and the perspective of or acts and its effects have been totally changed. We, through process of migrations and implication of means of connections, have been so interconnected and our cultures have been mixed up. We can’t say that our individual act has no effects of the rest of the world but it has to face actions and reactions. Its most recent example may be taken, the publication of cartoons by Charlie Obado in Paris, and we see a big agitation not only from the Muslims but other religions and groups working for peace building in the different walks of life and parts of the world. As human right activist and humanity lover I don’t have concern to his motive or objective to publish this cartoon but its effects on the world; which have resulted very bad effects in departing the humanity have different point of views, thoughts or believes and religion.
Peace is almost ambition of each individual; some want for themselves and others for their family, community and nation but few of them want peace for humanity and they also have one federation purely based on the relation of humanity. They are of the opine that we all have one common relation that is humanity and we must come out of the lairs we have made around us in name of color, creed, language, area and religion. We have one most powerful relation that is the humanity.
Everybody have right of expression but with some vision and obligations otherwise it is not journalism but it also destruct the humanity and society internationally. It creates chaos in the society but I would say it’s just like suicide bomber who also have a lot to say to justify his brutal act.
Difference of opinion help to reach good solution provided has the beauty of intention of betterment of humanity. Thinking play very vital role and it make us great or bad. Great and bad are always differentiated on the bases of their thinking and they never are the same. History only remembers those, made constructive job and others have to realize about their acts earlier or late.
In the light of above discussion the perspective of peace has also been changed and organizations and states with broad vision have started to think that it’s need of the time to enact new laws so no one could hate the others believes and thoughts, for example Russia has announced his intention and like that you may see the pressure on UN is being stressed from all parts of world that they must enact to stop this all in future.
There are many organizations and individuals those are working for the peace of world and they are involved in day and night struggles and striving for peace, wherever they find any conflict in any form.
Our socio-economic needs also compelling us to feel the need to reunite again, despite of having our separate administrative sovereignties, and we feel we are all dependent for instance in recent century you see the form of emergence of states like; USA, UAE, EU etc. We have become interdependent and individual life has become scarce or just end.
As the scenario of the world is rapidly changing the form of conflicts and fears have also been changed and now we have many forms of conflicts and fears in forms of terrorists like Taliban, Yokohama, and Tamil Tigers etc. We are facing threats from the groups of the same population and UN have also to change the strategies and now their missions of peace building have multidimensional peacekeeping operations facilitate the political process, protect civilians, assist in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants; support the organization of elections, protect and promote human rights and assist in restoring the rule of law.
So it means that now it’s time to change our perspective of things and we have to make our, even individual, activities according to the global perspective. It means we need to act local but think global. We have to make tolerance our tool of courage and come up with wisdom to tackle our situations. Wisdom doesn’t allow to debate with ignorant but to avoid them. Silence gets more weight-age than abuse by ignorant. Live for others not for selves.
Dr Ch Abrar Majid