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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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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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“It could have been me”: an Indian peace leader’s reflections on Afghanistan

By Pragya Narang Through my peacebuilding work, I have picked up a new term: “Lottery of birth.” It means that we do not choose where we are born. Our country, socio-economic status, biological gender, religion, environment, neighbourhood, family beliefs, etc are assigned to us at birth. This term improved my introspective quality immensely. So whenever…
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When Will They (Dis)Appear?: Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir, North-East India and Afghanistan

By Eesha V. Sheel Conflict is often accompanied by violence, discrimination, loss of life and trauma for the people of the region. Apart from the strict laws that they have to live by, their days are filled with anxiety over what is to come next, with the constant threat of violence looming over their heads.…
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Reflections: Dear Zari

Photo by IsaaK Alexandre KaRslian on Unsplash ‘Dear Zari’ is one of the very rare books that move the reader with its heart-wrenching stories. The author, Zarghuna Kargar, who is living in London and is a producer and a presenter on the successful radio programme ‘Afghan Woman’s Hour’, has depicted some of the most poignant stories of Afghan…
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