Peace

Photo by Candice Seplow on Unsplash Blood…beautiful, dark, thick blood, Flows through times, creating bonds generations deep, Of rivalries between families, states and nations, “Another ceasefire violated  in Kashmir today, another civilian in Afghanistan tortured”, Blood…it flows like water, as long as it’s someone else’s,  Like a river bathed in red dye, bodies swimming, gasping…
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International Day of Peace: Faith and Nature

Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash Written by Sumedha Maheshwari Climate change will kill not only the planet but also peace. A 2014 Pentagon report and experts at Stanford University have revealed that the environmental crisis can spell doom for people in numerous ways. The drought, famine, clean/drinking water scarcity and other problems it will…
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Amidst the Hustle- Nature & Peace

By Upasna Mohapatra The tranquillity of the moment, the peace we observe in these photographs is what gives its real essence. During this pandemic, nature was able to breathe back. We could legitimately hear birds chirping, the sound of air, the purity in the sky. And through these portraits, we can clearly depict the above-mentioned…
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PEACE: THE REAL RELIGION WE NEED TO BELIEVE IN

Photo by Amaury Gutierrez on Unsplash Somewhere I rightly read, “When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world’’ – perhaps this saying holds more relevance at this juncture in time as we exist in a fragmented, divided, chaotic and disunited world than ever before. Peace has been a long adored far…
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The Musings of a Soldier

                                                                    Photo by Timon Studler on Unsplash It has never been easy for Aaron to take aim. Is it the pressure he feels on his shoulders from holding the rifle for so long or is it the burden of conscience that he has been trying to repress? He fails to understand which among the two…
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Water, Wastewater and then…

By Pinaki Dasgupta “From water, we rise to water we go“, haven’t searched this quote but came to my mind when I think of water. Civilisations have emerged and thrived near water, life evolved from water and yet history is replete with evidence, few cities and civilisations are now at peace under it. Water is…
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Fighting violent extremism and radicalism through religious and social inclusionary ideas – Brotherhood of Humanity

By Atharva Mehendale No one is born a violent extremist; extremism is fuelled. It can manifest in connection with a range of issues including politics, religion and gender. Brotherhood of Humanity, a member group of United Religions Initiative – North India & Afghanistan has been using religion to counter these very extremist views and to build social cohesion. Established…
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Can Diplomacy Bridge the Gap?

Photo by Cytonn Photography on Unsplash The word “diplomatic” emerged in the last decade of the 18th century. Many thinkers and leaders like Otto Von Bismarck, Camillo Benso, Giuseppe Mazzini and Theodor Herzl used diplomacy and diplomatic interventions to achieve their goals. Many war-like situations after both the world wars, such as the Cuban Missile…
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How can you celebrate International Day of Peace?

Dangers afflict peacebuilders in many parts of the world, and the people of Afghanistan are longing for peace more than ever. While we keep them in our prayers each day, it is essential that we, as peacebuilders, reiterate the message of peace and its importance with more vigour. Let us start planning now for the International Day of Peace, Sept 21, and…
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The Interplay of Stereotypes and Media Portrayals

Photo by Dan Edge on Unsplash The 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack had a profound impact on my outlook of the world. The violent visuals of terrorism and havoc left an indelible scar on my mind. While taking a stroll around the school ground, I saw two little girls playing merrily with her. I assumed that…
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