BSG conducts peace symposium through webinar

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 26: Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), the Indian arm of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) conducted a peace symposium through a first-ever webinar.
Speakers at peace symposium said that such global solidarity must begin with rekindling core human values. They also emphasized upon the need for universal education to help bridge any gaps in society.
“The world today needs youth imbibing the universal human values of truth, love and compassion, holding the spirit of inclusion, embracing the ones who have fallen down and promote harmony and world peace,” said Prof Aditya Shastri, Vice Chancellor, Banasthali Vidyapith.
Keynote speaker, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar said, “Disruptive inclusive innovation, which can create the magic of access to equality despite income inequality, will be the way to build our peaceful future.”
Rajendra Abhyankar, former Ambassador and Professor of Indiana University, Bloomington said that only a shared sense of crisis will create conditions for nations and people to work together.
Reflecting on SGI president Daisaku Ikeda’s concern for affected people, Shloka Nath, Executive Director of Indian Climate Collaborative and Head of Sustainability, said that purposeful change requires a shared vision and goal. “You have to ensure everyone you bring on board is gazing outward, in the same direction. That is the task before us, in combating climate change,” she said.
Vishes Gupta, chairperson of BSG, highlighted the importance of sensitizing youth as an imperative to bring about a change. “Young people are the game changers and natural peacemakers. Their power and passion can ignite the path to limitless growth and development for entire humanity towards the endless future,” he said.

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