TODAY -

What is peace ?

Joyshree Heisnam *



Secretary General of United Nations , Antonio Gueterres sermon in the U.N General Assembly “ We are a world in pieces , we need to be a world at peace“ is a worrying remark for the humankind

It is the highest humanity values, it is more important than justice. It is a concord , harmony and tranquility a balance of state of law and equlibrium of power.

We all want to leave our children a better world than the one we found. The greatest legacy we can bestow is joy which is a choice right now . If you wait until the world changes , to let your light shine , your dream will wither and die.

In today’s context everything around us is a doom , air water , earth , human hatred , quest for power , territorial quest . Human beings have ongoing war between them and violence everywhere .

On 19th September 2017, addressing the annual gathering of world leader at U.N . The Secretary General spotlighted nuclear peril , climate change , and ongoing conflicts that must be overcome to create a better world for all.

The world is getting insecurity rising, inequality growing , conflict spreading , climate changing, societies fragmenting and political discourse polarizing. The world is developing in a sense towards violence not towards peace- nuclear weapons are at the highest level of threat towards mankind, and the provocative nuclear and missile tests by different nations.

The terrorism going at large and pulling serious stunts to civilians, and the unresolved conflicts in Syria , Yamen, South Sudan,the Sahel ,Afghanistan ,Turkistan, and the tension between China and its neighbours, the two Koreas tension , Iran vs Saudi Arabia, India vs Pakistan .

Insurgency in North east India , Kashmir, Punjab, Auch, Angolian civil war , Colombian conflict since 1964 , war in Afghanistan since 1978 , Iraq conflict , ethnic conflict in Nagaland .

We can cite Kurdesh-Turkish conflicts has put serious life at stake and have taken the lives of 1,00,000 people and 55,000 wounded , Iraq conflict killed 30,000 and 1,10,000 to 4,60,000 casualities and with so much greedies and quest for territorial extend the world is at stake .

This terror act as a potent weapon against governments ,opposing with the terrorists. They hijack planes, planting bombs in trains, markets, and other crowded public places and they even attack on World Trade Center on 11 th September 2011 and on Mumbai on 26 th November 2008.

Abuses of Human Rights is also an issue of human security. Israeli action in Palestine , Iraq invasion of Kuwait, Genocide in Ruanda, extra judicial killings in Jammu and Kashmir, human rights abuses in Manipur under the banner AFSPA , killing of people by Indonesian army since 1990s’, Rohingya’s etnic cleansing by Military chunta Myanmar, etc .

Health epidemics like HIV,AIDS , Cancer , Bird flu, Hepatitis ,Swine flu, and severe acute respiratory syndrome , it is estimated that two third people belonged to Africa and half of the rest in Asia are affected by HIV throughout the world , the number of death increasing while global poverty is also a insecurity at global level.

Children suffering from malnutrition , Kwasikor , and most of this led to terrorism and survival of the fittest where rich, powerful discriminate the weak poor, it is where killings , murder and armed conflicts rise . Here we can site the example of Sub Saharan region.

And Nuclear test ongoing continuously by North Korea even ignoring the warning given by U.N.O since 2006, 5th January 2015, 6th Jan 2016, 9th September 2016, 3rd September 2017and secret nuclear programme and tests in Pakistan , Israel, South Africa, Russia and Germany etc. All these ongoings are a threat to mankind as it will lead to more quest of weapons and mass.

Now it is the time for us to be unified and put everything to solution by maintaining peace with everyone and keep in mind the efforts of U.N.O and otheer agencies as conflicts should be settled by peace talks .

Darkness cannot drive darkness only light can do that , hate cannot drive hate only love can do that. Jimi Hendrik said , when the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.


* Joyshree Heisnam wrote this article for Imphal Times
This article was webcasted on April 07, 2019.



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