Artist for peace, tolerance and solidarity
Nilanjana Sanyal, woman, humanist, passionate and committed to the peace process in Hyderabad, India.
With training in psychology, law, peace studies (Ambassadorship), creative writing and the Liberal Arts, including music and photography. She has volunteered/worked (flexibly) with different social organizations including the then “Social Services Division” (now, Corporate Sustainability) of TATA STEEL, reporting to the late Dr. Dhruv Dey, Director. She has often had an arduous life journey marked by a challenge which has also restricted her travel and braved with more courage.
Much of her writings pertain to poverty, inequality, sustainable development and peace and nonviolence. In her books she has raised a series of haunting questions. How to reach the fruits of development to the rural poor, the underprivileged, the physically handicapped, and the female child? How to ensure that development is not achieved at the expense of nature and the environment? How to organise popular movements for the restoration of values and genuine peace in society? She believes that the progress, prosperity, peace and happiness of nations are in a large part determined by the extent to which we address the welfare, well-being and quality of lives of our women and children.
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“Aaghaz-e-Dosti” (the literal meaning of which in Hindi/Urdu is ‘beginning of friendship’) is a citizen’s initiative that works against all odds to create havens of peace and friendship between the two traditionally rival communities (in India and Pakistan). They have been working at this relentlessly for the past four years. The team is comprised of students and young professionals, mostly women, from both sides of the border, who volunteer their time. Other chapters of this organization are present in many cities from both countries.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti is focused on citizen diplomacy and works primarily through peace education aimed at familiarising people about the ‘other‘; countering stereotypes of a homogenised and negative image of the other; educating on issues of conflict and the existence of diverse views…
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SHEIKH ABDRAHMAN AL-MARWANI
In a country where almost half the population is illiterate and there are an estimated three guns per person, Sheikh Al-Marwani uses both technology, workshops and theater-based awareness campaigns to get his anti-gun message across while proposing peace and tolerance. Sheikh Al-Marwani started his peace mission twenty years ago, when he established the Dar AL-Salam Organization, or the Peace House, in Yemen.
The growing culture of extremism and terrorism is the most dangerous problem causing widespread human rights violations, but this has not dissuaded the Sheikh from his mediation work for peace and social cohesion.
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Message from Dr. Vasanth Vijajji Maharaj
2015 Public Peace Prize Laureate in the Internationally-reputed Peacemaker category
In the INTERNATIONALLY-REPUTED PEACEMAKER category, the big winner is Dr. VASANTH VIJAJJI MAHARAJ: the public granted him 86 % of support in his category, which is 24 times the minimum number of points required to become a finalist in this category.
This spiritual leader, adored by crowds in his native India, moves followers with his message of harmony, unity and brotherly love for reconciliation and peace between families, citizens and nations. His vision for the future is to offer all children and youth of the world the opportunity to be educated in the ways of peace and non-violence.
“Peace is that precious chain that connects the World with the beads of Love, Hope, Faith, Selflessness and Happiness. The desire for a Peaceful World is achievable when every human being practices peace in thoughts, actions and deeds.
Let’s Live and Let Live!
Let’s Respect all!
Let’s Make Peace Possible!”
– Dr. Vasanth Vijajji Maharaj