Peace Symposium

The Global Solidarity of Youth : Ushering In a New Era of Hope (2017)

September 15, 2017
IDCOL Auditorium, Bhubaneswar

Delhi Peace SymposiumThe fourth peace symposium of this year was held in Bhubaneswar on 15th September 2017 based on Ikeda Sensei’s Peace Proposal for 2017.

The symposium was held in IDCOL Auditorium, Bhubaneswar and was attended by over 250 members and guests.

To discuss the peace proposal the eminent speakers at the symposium were Dr. Anup Kumar Dash, Director, NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development), Shri Jagadananda, Social Activist and Civil Society Expert and Dr. Iti Samanta, Eminent Writer and Editor, ‘The Kadambini’. The keynote address was delivered by Padma Vibhushan Dr. Sitakanta Mahapatra, Retd. IAS, Eminent Indian Poet and Literary Critic

Speaking first, Dr Dash felt the need for a fundamental shift in our thinking and approach to life and happiness. He said, “We must respect the inherent dignity of all life. We should revitalise life by nurturing values of altruism, cooperation and compassion to restore peace and solidarity in society. As Dr Ikeda says in the 2017 Peace Proposal, budgetary allocations and other quick solutions are not the answer. The change will only come when there is a fundamental shift in the thinking process he calls ‘human revolution’.”

Shri Jagadananda shared, ”The SDGs, Sendai framework and Paris agreement does have a wonderful framework about how the world is going to look like in the years to come. We need active citizens and a critical mass of hope to realize the framework operational.”

Dr Samanta said, “The Upanishads stress on the concept, Vasudheiba Kutumbakam which means that the entire world is one family. Echoing this, the visually challenged Odishan Prophet Bhima Bhoi states that one should sacrifice one’s personal comfort for the betterment of society. So, the concept of solidarity and unity is deeply rooted in our culture. “A major force for good lies with the youth. They can drive the world in positive direction by countering feelings of hatred, inequality and violence. Women play a vital role in social reform for they propagate the concept of harmony.”

In his keynote address, Dr. Sitakanta Mahapatra reminisced his visit to Japan to the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum and said “I feel happy and privileged to attend this symposium on peace since it is now the prime need of mankind. This is the objective for which Dr. Daisaku Ikeda has been doing so much over the years”.

The symposium concluded with presentation of mementos to the speakers.

The welcome address was given by BSG Chairperson Mr. Vishesh Gupta and vote of thanks by WD Chief Ms. Rashi Ahuja.

Despite heavy rains lashing the city, the Auditorium was packed with guests. One of the guest mentioned “It was an honor to attend your event in Bhubaneswar. I have attended it, experienced the new vibe and will put my best efforts to restore peace in the world”

The painstaking and advance preparation by the volunteers ensured that the Symposium was a great success.

The symposium was widely covered by both national and local media. A few media clips are attached.

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The Global Solidarity of Youth : Ushering In a New Era of Hope (2017)

September 8, 2017
Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, Delhi

Delhi Peace SymposiumThe third peace symposium of this year – commemorating 60th Anniversary of Toda Sensei’s Declaration Calling for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons – was held in New Delhi on the 8th September 2017 based on Ikeda Sensei’s Peace Proposal for 2017.

The symposium was held in Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, Lodhi Road, and was attended by 584 members and guests.

To discuss the peace proposal the eminent speakers at the symposium were, Cmdr. C. Uday Bhaskar, Retd. Commodore, Indian Navy and Director, Society for Policy Studies, Mr. Rajat Kathuria Head, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Ms. Prathibha Prahlad, Eminent Classical Dancer, Cultural Visionary and Padma Shri Awardee. The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Arun Maira, Former Member Planning Commission and Former India Chairman of Boston Consulting Group.

Speaking first, Cmdr. Uday Bhaskar, retired commodore in Indian Navy, said “I submit it to your consideration that global peace is even more elusive this year than it was in the last, but nonetheless I believe the efforts now should be made with renewed vigour.” He remarked that the younger generations require “higher levels of awareness of the problem at hand”

Elaborating on the economy’s part in achieving global peace mentioned in the peace Proposal, Rajat Kathuria, Head of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) said that conflict could be reduced by increasing trade between countries. “The probability of conflict reduces considerably if two countries or a group of countries trade with each other or are economically interdependent. That’s one way to approach it,” he said.

Eminent classical dancer and Padma Shri Awardee, Prathibha Prahlad, reflected upon President Ikeda’s words about young people’s part in upholding and protecting the core values of human rights. She also said a deep connection to culture was required. “Education needs to be linked to culture. Culture of hearts brings people together, it teaches us to respect others and yourself” she said.

In his keynote address, Mr. Arun Maira stressed the importance of dialogue by referring to President Ikeda’s 2005 Peace Proposal titled ‘Toward a New Era of Dialogue: Humanism Explored’ and said “We should work to reduce WMD (Weapon of Mass Destruction). But there is one WMD that we must proliferate; it is Ways of Mass Dialogue. We must learn to overcome the fear of the stranger, then we develop and learn more. When we keep searching for the familiar, we are not evolving.”

All the four speakers quoted extensively from Sensei’s Peace proposal in their speeches and deeply appreciated the significance of the proposals in today’s times.

The symposium concluded with presentation of mementos to the speakers.

The welcome address was given by BSG Chairperson Mr. Vishesh Gupta and vote of thanks by WD Chief Ms. Rashi Ahuja.

The key highlight of the symposium was the presence of 250 Students who were in attendance from different universities making the gathering truly youthful. The presence of the large number of youth was deeply appreciated by all the speakers.

Thanks to the efforts of members to reach out to a wide segment of society, the Auditorium was packed with guests. As mentioned by a Speaker, the warm welcome of the volunteers uplifted the lives of everyone who walked in. The meticulous and advance preparation by the volunteers ensured that the Symposium was a great success.

The symposium was widely covered by both national and local media. A few media clips are attached.

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The Global Solidarity of Youth : Ushering In a New Era of Hope (2017)

August 19, 2017
SVC Auditorium, Symbiosis University, Pune

Pune Peace SymposiumThe second peace symposium of this year, based on Ikeda Sensei’s Peace Proposal for 2017, was held in Pune on 19th August 2017.

The symposium was held in SVC Auditorium, Symbiosis University, Pune, and was attended by 535 members and guests.

To discuss the peace proposal, the eminent speakers at the symposium were Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Chancellor- Nalanda University (Padma Bhushan Awardee), Ms. Pratima Kirloskar, President Innovations- Pune Chapter, Promoter Group- Kirloskar Brothers Ltd and Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Founder – 5Fworld, Chairman – Nasscom Foundation and Global Talent Track. The keynote address was delivered by Dr S.B. Mujumdar, Founder & President – Symbiosis Society, Chancellor- Symbiosis International University (Padma Bhushan Awardee).

Speaking first, Dr. Mujumdar said “Dr Ikeda is described as a philosopher, educator, writer and poet, but to me, he is a dreamer of Peace, and for this single service he has been widely praised.”

Dr. Bhatkar, who is known for being the architect of India’s initiative in supercomputing, said that he was touched by the great philosophy of the Soka Gakkai. He said the depth of thought was reflected in the name of the organization which is ‘Value Creation’. He also deeply thanked BSG for inviting him to the symposium.

Ms. Pratima Kirloskar, spoke about the importance of reinventing oneself and the crucial aspect of having a purpose in life. She further said, “Peace comes from within, from a sense of self pride.”

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan said, “Vision is great, but vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, but vision with action can change the world”. He also shared the story of rescuing the starfish and cherishing one single individual to which all the BSG Members relate to.

The symposium concluded with presentation of mementos to the speakers.

The welcome address was given by BSG Chairperson Mr. Vishesh Gupta and vote of thanks by WD Chief Ms. Rashi Ahuja.

The key highlight of the symposium was the presence of 235 Student guests who were in attendance from different universities heralding the emergence of a new era of transformative Youth. The preparation of the symposium was spearheaded by the youth of Pune whose enthusiasm and hard work ensured the grand success of the event with a large number of guests in attendance.

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The Global Solidarity of Youth : Ushering In a New Era of Hope (2017)

July 29, 2017
Tagore Public School, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur

IMG_3610The first peace symposium of this year was held in Jaipur on the 29th July 2017 based on Ikeda Sensei’s Peace Proposal for 2017.
The symposium was held in Tagore Public School, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur, and was attended by around 900 members and guests.
To discuss the peace proposal the eminent speakers at the symposium were Mr. Manoj Bhatt, Director General of Police, Rajasthan, well-known Child Psychologist Ms. Nisha Jain Grover, and Eminent Writer Ms. Dharmendar Kanwar. The keynote address was delivered by the Hon’ble Justice M.N. Bhandari, Judge, Rajasthan High Court.
Speaking first, Eminent writer, Dharmendar Kanwar, said that today’s world is pervaded by the thought that if I am not happy, then why should others be happy. This underlying thought has resulted in widespread violence. She also said that people also look at others to solve their issues, instead of looking for a solution within.
DGP of Rajasthan, Mr. Manoj Bhatt complemented BSG for organizing this event and mentioned that the current world situation of chaos and anarchy has resulted in unprecedented arms race. It is only youth who can bring about peace, he said. Mr. Bhatt also talked about the power of chanting.
Ms. Nisha Jain Grover, well-known child psychologist, also shared her views on the proposal saying that Peace is linked to every individual, every family and subsequently impacts the entire society.
In his keynote address, Justice Bhandari called for a need to deliberate and take positive action for restoring global peace in times of proliferation of arms and nuclear weapons. He also mentioned the importance of resolving border disputes towards that end. He was deeply appreciative of BSG and said here is an organization which is focused on the happiness of ‘others’ also.
The symposium concluded with presentation of mementos to the speakers.
The welcome address was given by BSG Chairperson Mr. Vishesh Gupta and vote of thanks by WD Chief Ms. Rashi Ahuja.
In spite of heavy rain, the Auditorium was packed with guests and the warm welcome of the volunteers left a deep impression in the lives of the guests. The detailed and advance preparation of Jaipur members, fueled by their enthusiasm to respond to Sensei, ensured that the Symposium was a great success.
The symposium was widely covered by both national and local media. A few media clips are attached. The symposium was also preceded by an Interview of Mr. Vishesh Gupta and Ms. Rashi Ahuja which was telecast by Patrika TV. View Video

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