IPRA seeks to advance the field of peace research through rigorous investigation into the causes of conflict and examination of alternatives to violence. Peace researchers inform peace activities that inspire visions of a peaceful world, promote knowledge of non-violent peace strategies, and usher in impactful and socially relevant research. The IPRA mission collates the ideals of respect, empowerment, dignity, humanity, identity and diversity towards a peaceful, inclusive society.
RATIONALE & PROGNOSIS
As we strive to engage meaningfully in a globalized world, our foremost endeavor remains to resolve conflict, and usher in peace. This entails disruption from status quo and harness possibilities of alternate political systems that build up robust societies. In contemporary world, the most important determinant of the legitimacy of a political system is democracy. We have been moving towards unceasing democratization of societies. The wave of globalization is an attempt to connect all countries of the world in the community to an unprecedented degree, which implies the formation of an optimized human society. The importance of peace, harmony, human development and human rights are recognized by more and more people in this new ‘Global Village’.
Today when the world is hit by extreme violence and conflict; the idea of peace has become very crucial. Peace is imperative to the very existence of world. A political will to maintain peace and harmony is demand of the hour, and suffices to say that the pressure exercised on the governing systems by interest groups, lobbies is pertinent to meet the end goals. Alternative politics is the means to that end, and comprises of alternate routes towards a stable, harmonious society. Alternative politics should engage the political systems, and channelize them proactively to meet new challenges. Such initiatives should be all inclusive, and should equip a diverse society towards a homogenously blended culture. It should set standards that are not only legal but moral.
Humanity is in need of self-actualized groups to restore Peace for a stable order in society. Peace and harmony are jointly preserved by mankind, which is the basis for the full realization of the creative potential of people. Peace is also the foundation of the sustainable development of the economy and culture of any nations and genuine security for lasting prosperity of human society.
Given this context Gandhian approach towards peace is very relevant and practically very feasible idea in today’s world. Gandhi is one of the very few modern thinkers who himself personally practiced the idea in his life which he was propagating and advocating. Gandhian thought holds that peace for the sake of peace is meaningless social goal unless it is linked to social equality &economic justice and human rights. Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it. Since peace begins in our minds and hearts, moral regeneration of individuals on the one hand, and an equitable social order on the other are necessary requirements for achieving global peace. In the age of nuclear weapons, we are left with a choice of “live together or die together “. The invention of nuclear weapons has brought about the ancient truth – that nothing welds people more quickly together than the imminence of common disaster. Non-violent technique seems to be the only solution to the world armed with nuclear weapons. Man with his creative reason and rational judgment has the capacity to find ways and means of transforming the existing institutions and customs without resorting
to violence and war.
Given this framework the seminar “ALTERNATIVE POLITICS: PEACE & SUSTAINABILITY” is being organized, commemorating Gandhi Jayanti. This seminar provides a platform to discuss and debate over the idea of Alternative politics, peace and its associated dimensions. Humans with free and untrammeled use of reason are capable of finding solutions to their problems, which are not discovered by those of previous generations. A new world-view, a new system of values, and a restructuring of societies in all countries would save mankind from violence and wars.