Shahid Majeed Mir

Idea of peace in today’s world

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Contemporary reality has accumulated dust in archives of peace making initiatives

Civilizational attributes change in accordance with change in mode of thinking through range of stages oriented towards march of peace and security amid welfare at its core. In fact the march of human beings is visible in golden pages of history who attained the pinnacle of ladder in being adopted to crucial phases ipso facto. But on analytical level the concept needs refurbishment for its application. As far as the track of success to adopt noble ideals for human beings is concerned, there is no doubt in the fact that we have mastered in every field we ventured but logically the result seems contrary to our aspirations for such mastery.

“We are living in world of pieces rather than world of peace” said Antonio Guteres ( sec general UN). On seeing the overall conditions of world at present stage of time the statement is no more stereotypical. It seems we are in a world of chaos now. Who aspires for such a state? Nationality or  commonality is a paradox which demands SIGMUND FREUD for explanation.

The contemporary world order emerged on dust of WWII onslaught which left us in lurch regarding the fire and fury humanity felt. It drove us towards the cremation grounds for our near and dear ones who seemed unaware about nationality itself. It aroused a paradoxical situation for common masses with single hand (Hitler) burning the fate of world by choice. This lead us to noble ideal of peace and security and subsequently laid the platform for establishment of UN to taste the environment of peace and security with sovereignty for every member nation. Much aura filled atmosphere got busy day and night to spread the net of various institutions for success of such initiative. And thus dramatically transformed the very order of the functioning on international level.

But to its bad luck it couldn’t prove it’s impartiality. Easier said than done, the initiative was hide and seek game of big powers so sucked the earned blood through economic imperialism. Thus dotted such noble path with black spot and left the satellite countries with huge population share in lurch for their mercy. Surplus West and Deficit East was the result. Though the trend is changing now but was peace and security assured after decolonization, cold war, Cuban crisis, Korean war, Veitnam war in global context and with Indo Chinese and Indo Pakistan wars in regional in regional context?

Contemporary reality has accumulated dust in archives of peace making initiatives. West Asia Refugees, South African problems, Venezuela crisis and nearest one Myanmar state terrorism are ample manifestations. Where is UNO? What next? Is idea of peace impossible in world? As far as all conflict are concerned, the perverted form of nationality remained at its core. The atmosphere is filled with deep hypertension from every angle, Vertical and horizontal arms race and malicious power ambitions are the order of the day. Where lies the space for common masses who bear the brunt in the end?

Here in lies the space for world renowned civil society with spreading net of NGO’S who are busy to enhance human capability and move forward the aspirations of common people in consolidated form like ICAN, whose whole hearted efforts won it this year’s Noble Prize. These organisations are busy in evolution of noble ideals with noble vision to fulfill the conditional basis of humanity for track of livable atmosphere on length and breadth of planet. They employ nip and bottom efforts to realise the dream of peace and security but politics could not spare them. They are restricted in their sphere of influence either entangled in national politics or being trapped in international politics, thus curbing their respective functioning style.

“Peace is not absence of war rather contrary” is manifested in its true spirit through present period. The atmosphere is full of tension with amplified insecurity element and thus impinging on the very existence of soul. After thorough analysis the future seems bleak with sturdy ideals which could doom the fate of humanity in entirety. Seeing present position of world the leaders are busy in accumulating the power to destroy. North Korea and Iran are live examples. China is busy in its rhetoric to debt trap small countries through belt road initiative to use them as political tool for its own emergence. The peace making initiatives are bright in the books through icons like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. With trillions of wealth in bonds and deposits on one side and billions of hungary ones on the other is paradox of surplus and hunger, the world is headed to a rough tough phase. There seems no way to achieve atmosphere of peace and security in letter and spirit. (Paris climate deal was signed by Barack Obama. Donald trump gave it a thrashing).

“Injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere” quoted icon of peace Martin Luther King in one of his speeches to blacks of US. The question of the day to resolve the crisis needs a dedicated band of leaders who could bow their head before noble ideals by keeping humanity at front and rising beyond their national frontiers. Until and unless we demolish borders in minds of people we can’t achieve desired peace. With goal of “Humanity Ist”, the goal of peace will follow the suit. Globalisation came with idea of global village but nothing worthy for humanity. This is based on the policy of “either compete or perish”, with deep sketchy agenda to provide ample sunshine and water for inequality to sustain in its entirety. Whay we need is “Global Peace” in place of global village to erode the very barrier between man and man to fulfil the aspirations of teeming billions. Otherwise the tragedy awaits the world?

Let’s hope original instinct of sympathy and harmony prevails to realise the ambitious dream of “global peace”. I wish to taste peaceful atmosphere of Scandinavian style, thanks to their thinking of human development over nuclear weapons.

–       Writer hails from Misribehak Machil Kupwara and can be reached at [email protected]

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