‘Many willing to work for uplift of poor’

Dr Ikeda sends a peace proposal to the UN that goes beyond diagnosing obstacles to peace and provides solutions that encompass both attitudinal change and other suggestions.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 29, 2013 2:44 am

“The coming days are going to be difficult… but there is hope,as today a large number of people are willing to work with those who are poor,vulnerable and are unable to keep up with the rapid change,” said Tata Insitute of Social Sciences (TISS) director Dr S Parasuraman Saturday.

Parasuraman was speaking at a symposium on Dr Daisaku Ikeda’s 2013 peace proposal titled ‘Compassion,Wisdom and Courage: Building a Global Society of Peace and Creative Co-existence’.

It was organised by Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG)-Mumbai,the Indian Chapter of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI),a United Nations (UN) recognised NGO along with TISS at Nehru Centre,Worli.

Every year,Dr Ikeda sends a peace proposal to the UN that goes beyond diagnosing obstacles to peace and provides solutions that encompass both attitudinal change and other suggestions.

The proposals have been well received by the international community and the UN has implemented many of the suggestions and recommendations.

SGI,works for peace,culture and education based on Buddhist principles. Parasuraman said,“Today,if I announce a fellowship to work in Naxal-prone areas,I am sure of receiving thousands of applications from educated candidates,who will even be willing to leave their jobs. This shows there is hope.”

Ikeda’s current peace proposal focuses at sustainable development and social equity issues with an added lens — a “spiritual framework”— that Dr Ikeda feels will “bring into greater clarity those things we cannot afford to ignore,while ensuring that all that we do contributes to the larger objective of a global society of peace and creative coexistence.”

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