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Vol. 23 No. 2 July - December 2014

Peace and harmony are the expedients of all round development and strengthening of inter-personal relationship. There should be a state of political stability and social tolerance in any country to ensure peaceful co-existence, failing which sufferings would secure permanence. There is strain of discord, intolerance, fundamentalism, starvation and insecurity in many parts of the globe. This is absurd and wacky that on one hand we boast of growing scientific temper, spreading human rights awareness, expanding globalization and ultra modern generations and on the other hand chaos prevails to maintain manhood. The time seeks internationalism; the feeling that the individual is not only a member of his state, but a citizen of the world, as Oliver Goldsmith opines. It is disheartening to learn that some people do not want to be a part of the global community of pandemic mankind whereas they believe to be in peace in isolation; associating with violence. Jawaharlal Nehru in his book Discovery of India asserts: Isolation means backwardness and decay. All should be ready to play their respective part in internationalism and aspire for peace and international understanding.

Wars, fanatic violence, terrorism and ideological prejudices should have no place in today’s world. These bring starvation, abrupt migration and insecurity; depriving of all that makes life pleasant, gracious and meaningful. Educational outlook ought to be broadened, democratic ideals are to be set up and contradictory practices should be discouraged which would shape the modern world to elevate the life-state of the global common-folk. The problem of sustainability and dealing with selves is a concern of the day. Nature is being tried to be tamed. Man needs to honour the principle of mutual dependence.

It is an irony that in spite of several bodies of knowledge, a number of religious beliefs, rich and old civilizations; we have not been able to assert prominently to live for one another or say others. Let this wonder be no more a part of our life. Let us become one with the heart of the universe that binds us to the soul of humanity.

Heartily yours,
Manoj Kumar Pathak