‘Peace an occur only when action and effort is put for humanity’
IMPHAL: A two-day state level seminar on Peace and Transformation was held at Diocesan Social Service Society (DSSS), Mantripukhri, Imphal jointly organised by DSSS and North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC), Guwahati with a view to motivate emerging leaders towards building peace.
The first day of the seminar held on Wednesday saw teachers from hill districts attending the event in big number. The second day on Thursday saw Seminarians of St. Thomas Seminary and Aspirants of Clarist Home, Mantripukhri and trainees of Pastoral Training Centre (PTC), Sangaiprou.
The seminar attempted to indentify the emerging leaders of the community and engaged them in discussion over issues that can contribute to peace processes that have been going on in the community.
Giving the keynote address, Dr. Walter Fernandes, Senior Fellow at NESRC, Guwahati and author of many books, called on the degelates to be ready to leaders and agents of chance to bring about peace in the state. A leader is never satisfied with what he sees, Dr. Walter said.
He also advised those present, as emerging leaders, not to believe all that they hear but to try and find the truth. He added that a leader is someone who changes himself and his relation towards others. Celebrate each other’s differences and that is how peace will prevail, he added. Always search for a solution, he further advised.
P. Thangsuanhau, Project Coordinator, DSSS Imphal highlighted how the crime rate in the state was going up. Stating that the impact of the clashes in Manipur was still fresh in the minds of the people, he called on the emerging leaders not to be brainwashed by narrow mindedness but to look out more for the truth and for peace.
Stating that peace can only be maintained when one works for humanity without any classification on religion, caste or creed, Thangsuanhau said that there was a constant need for action and effort to bring about peace.
Citing instances of recent incidents across the state, Thangsuanhau also advised the delegates to always look for a solution and avoid postponing it stating that one was only postponing conflict with it.
Fr. Joseph M Thohrii, Associate Director of DSSS, in his speech called on the delegates to train themselves to be future leaders of peace. Manipur is a state much in need of peace especially considering the high number of insurgency groups. It is in such situation that young leaders are called to be agents of peace, Fr. Thohrii said.
Stating that everyone is given responsibility to change the world in their own little ways, the Associate Director of DSSS advised the delegates to be a good human being first for that is where it all starts.
Divided into two sessions, the second half of both days saw the delegates questioning or clarifying their doubts on issues and topics related to peace. There was also sharing from both the panellists and the delegates.