Peace and Disarmament
Symposiums on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 Peace Proposal Held in Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi, India
On August 1, 2009, a discussion of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 Peace Proposal, "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History," took place in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in southern India. Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, a prominent social activist and chair of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, New Delhi, organized the event which was attended by civic leaders, activists and scholars, including Kerala State Legislative Assembly Member S. R. Thankaraj, Kerala State Human Rights Commission member A. Varghese and Prof. Ramachandran Nair, former vice chancellor of University of Kerala.
After an overview of the Peace Proposal, which was released on January 26, participants conducted discussions on ways to realize peace, the importance of international cooperation and dialogue.
Dr. D. Maya, former principal of an affiliate college of the University of Kerala, stated that what Mr. Ikeda refers to as "inner universality" coincides with the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi. In view of the significance of the Peace Proposal, he suggested it should not only be submitted to the United Nations but also read by as many people as possible.
Dr. Radhakrishnan expressed his desire to widely disseminate the proposal, remarking that Mr. Ikeda calls upon each person for understanding and cooperation. He also stated that now is the time to give serious consideration to what Mr. Ikeda proposes on global issues and to initiate action.
On September 8, a symposium on Mr. Ikeda's Peace Proposal was held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi, India, co-organized by IGNCA and Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG).
Some 350 people from a number of fields attended the symposium, including World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) Honorary President Hashim Abdul Halim, Justice J. S. Verna, former chief justice of India, and Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, inaugural rector designate for Nalanda University, which will open soon.
At the symposium, Mr. Halim reminisced about his meeting with Mr. Ikeda, who was appointed honorary advisor of WFUNA in 1999, and commented on the SGI's importance in promoting world peace.
[Adapted from articles in the August 21 and September 18, 2009 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]