30-OCT-2018: Mutual respect, key to resolve conflicts: Tushar Gandhi
ALIGARH October 30: "We must try to efface the causes of conflict rather than striving for resolving the conflicts. At the outset, the causes are to be spotted and a sustained effort is to be made to remove all that produces the conflict. Aiming at conflict resolution alone is nothing more than a fire-fighting operation. It cannot spell enduring peace", said Mr Tushar Gandhi, eminent author and the great grandson of Mahatama Gandhi, while delivering the keynote address in a two-day national seminar on "Gandhian Perspective on Alternative Dispute Resolution" organized by the Department of Philosophy, in collaboration with the Indialogue Foundation and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi at the Aligarh Muslim University today.
Spelling out the Gandhian perspective on "Alternative Dispute Resolution", Mr Tushar Gandhi said, "For Gandhiji, dialogue is the most effective tool for wrapping up a warm rapport between hostile individuals, communities and nations. When interactions cease to exist, a void is created which is filled by bullets", said Gandhi.
The author of the famous book, Let's Kill Gandhi, said that the real conflict can be resolved but a sense of conflict produced by perpetual neglect and discrimination cannot be dispensed with. It is the imagined injustice that inculcates a sense of victimhood that takes a very heavy toll on society. Differences are natural but they do not pave the way for disrespect. Tolerance alone cannot solve the issue, it is to be supplemented with a deep sense of mutual respect", he added.
He denounced the attempt to whip up conflict even on trivial matters. "Politically motivated debates on dietary habits and sexual preferences are destined to spell doom for us", Mr Gandhi asserted.
Gandhiji rightly pointed out that conflict occurs when we find faults with others, one needs to look inward to find out his or her shortcomings. According to Bapu, human happiness index is much more important than the economic development index.
Presiding over the function, Professor Tariq Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, AMU said that Gandhiji's espousal of non-violent resolution is of vital importance and it is invested with the tremendous potentiality for redeeming the crisis-torn world.
Prof Mansoor said that conflict resolution among nations through peaceful means and creation of a vibrant civil society are the things we desperately need and this is what Gandhiji emphasized on. Interfaith dialogues and a continuous debate involving opinion makers belonging to different walks of life are very much needed.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, Prof Tariq Islam (Chairman, Department of Philosophy) called Tushar Gandhi as 'socio-political interventionist' and said that Mahatama Gandhi advocated for arbitration and mediation, the traditional mechanism of dispute resolution that found roots in Vedic teachings.
Quoting Jacques Deridda and Nietzsche, Prof Islam said that western conventional framework of justice was alien for traditional Indian society and Gandhi was worried about delay in justice delivery system. "Gandhiji advocated informal processes of ADR which not only removes grievances but brings lasting peace", he added.
Prof Islam pointed out that Gandhiji's Hind Swaraj raised strong criticism against the erstwhile British legal system that prevailed in India. According to him, Satyagraha was the natural way to resolve disputes and pure justice is inspired by fellow feeling, compassion and empathy.
Mr Vedabhayas Kundu (Programme Officer, GSDS) said that the organization has been imparting training to CRPF, police personnel and civil servants on dimensions of Gandhian philosophy and approaches to non-violent conflict resolution.
Mr M Behzad Fatmi, Secretary General, Indialogue Foundation proposed a vote of thanks while Mr Zaid A Siddiqui conducted the programme.
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Related PicturesMr Tushar Gandhi with Prof Tariq Mansoor and Prof Tariq Islam during Gandhi Jayanti National Seminar held at Department of Philosophy AMU
A scene of audience at the Gandhi Jayanti National Seminar at Department of Philosophy AMU