Peace and Disarmament
IOP Cohosts Symposium on Nonviolence and Peace in Tokyo
On September 24, an Indo-Japan collaborative symposium, titled "Toward Creating an Age of Nonviolence and Peace: Gandhism and the SGI (tentative translation)" took place at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Japan and the National Committee of Dr. G. Ramachandran's Centennial Anniversary, India, cohosted the event. [Dr. G. Ramachandran (1905-1995) was a distinguished disciple of Mahatma Gandhi who dedicated himself to promoting peace, welfare and education based on Gandhism. IOP founder and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda received the Dr. G. Ramachandran Award for International Understanding in 1988, for his peace contributions.].
Ten scholars and researchers from India and Japan spoke on creating an age of peace through nonviolent means, from the perspectives of Gandhism and Buddhism. Speakers included: Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, renowned Gandhian scholar and chairman of the Committee; Sister Mythili, chair of the Mahatma Gandhi People's Welfare Trust; IOP Director Dr. Yoichi Kawada; and IOP researchers. In his presentation, Dr. Kawada referred to Dr. Ramachandran's determination to block in force by nonviolence and create a new world of peace and justice. Dr. Kawada expressed his resolve to challenge to transform this violence-prevalent world through the power of nonviolence and compassion, based on the humanistic philosophy of Buddhism. Dr. Radhakrishnan stated that the SGI's visions for peace concur with those of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Ramachandran, who challenged to free people from all oppression. He called on the participants to carry on the struggles of the three peace leaders, Gandhi, Dr. Ramachandran and Mr. Ikeda, who have fought to emancipate women; spread a philosophy of respect for life; and liberated religion to serve people. An exhibit about Dr. G. Ramachandran's life and achievements was also displayed.
On the occasion, Dr. Radhakrishnan and Sister Mythili received the SGI Humanitarian Award and IOP Academic Award, respectively. IOP also appointed three other Indian speakers honorary researchers.