PERPETUAL TRUCE OF PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.From centuries,competition,jealousy,animosity mixed with a tinge of greed have driven people and countries to hate each other.People are self-centred, keen on making themselves look big.I often think what is “big” for them?shopping at designer outlets and not sparing a five rupee coin for some needy or defaming your neighbours and friends as an act of vengeance or to acquire a better position.They talk of advancement,modernity which is invariably limited to speaking English,skin show and education in a foreign country.For countries that have constant tension amongst themselves,advancement is to pull your competitor’s leg and take his place,an urgency to get ahead which may encompass bombing their land.In a selfish world such as today’s,friendship,peace and love are some words which have lost their significance because all anybody wants is success accompanied by money and power over one another.

Yesterday was friendship day.Amongst all the pomp and splendour ,exchange of gifts,flowers and greetings there was the absence of real feelings taken over by materialistic exchange.How many of you actually go and take care of your friend when he/she is in the hospital or help them out when they need financial help sans the expectation of returns?people get buzy in their own lives and care less for those with whom they used to fool around everyday.It is difficult to be selfless and caring and give up your pseudo-progression.
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Conquering and colonization were methods implemented to expand one’s boundaries.States and countries desired to invade foreign land and expand their territories.Trading was a very common means of starting the process.The Britishers had come as traders to India and gradually took over the entire country.They wanted to trade with China,resistance from the former resulted in opium wars and them ultimately invading China.Tibet was at various times under Chinese lordship.The past and the present is replete with such examples,French,Spanish and Portugese colonies have been widespread in several continents.The point of my stating principles of friendship,peace and kindness only to shed hatred is to bring out the horror that “war”has been causing over centuries.War of any kind amongst people,groups or especially countries result in loss of lives,soul and identity.
The present condition of Gaza and Palestinians have invoked a lot of questions and arguments.What kind of humanity are we persuing that we have the capability of watching people die in front of us.People bleed,generations end and the horror continues. An escalation of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict began in 2014 following a series of events.These events included the continued blockade of the Gaza Strip by the Israel Defense Forces (since 2007), continued rocket attacks from Gaza, the collapse of American-sponsored peace talks, attempts by rival Palestinian factions to form a coalition government, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, the subsequent kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager, the arrest by Israel of nearly all of Hamas’ West Bank leaders, and increased rocket attacks on Israel by non-Hamas factions to display solidarity.It started this way and people still wonder and wait for the day for it all to end.Everyday people pray for ceasefire but the countries have their set targets to blow off certain portions of the counterpart and they must do it lest their power over the other would be subdued.Eid-ul-fitar which is supposed to be the holy festival of the Muslims for peace and prosperity failed to bring peace to its land.
Not only the recent events but the previous days have seen the worst. The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was over 37 million. There were over 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. The Second Indochina War (aka. the Vietnam War or the American War) began in 1955 and ended in 1975 when North Vietnamese forces captured Saigon. Estimates of the number of casualties vary, with the Vietnamese government suggesting as many as 3.1 million violent war deaths, Vietnamese and foreigners, soldiers included. World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history. Over 60 million people were killed, which was over 2.5% of the world population.Such killings have been experienced in India in internecine,religious wars,conflict with neighbouring countries as well as under the British rule.In Kargil war numerous soldiers fought and died,we don’t know who they were and what pain they went through while we rested in our comfortable houses.British rule saw freedom fighters dying for the cause and several commoners laying cold in the ensuing fights.
These activities make us insensitive and intolerant.The quotient of prestige is so high that none want to make truce.Peace and truce are urgently required in this violence where the bonds of parenthood and brotherhood mean nothing at all.To acquire one’s property your blood may not even recognize who you are.One agreement changes the fate of nations.One peace treaty can save lives.If sometimes you surrender or compromise,doesn’t mean that your position or importance is lessened.A hand of friendship can bring happiness,joy and contentment while hatred only attracts negativity.
Following the catastrophic loss of life in the First World War, the Paris Peace Conference established the League of Nations to maintain harmony between countries.Failure of which brought the United Nations Organisation into effect which has since then been regulating peace.It has constantly been trying to help countries solve their disputes.We need such bodies everywhere on small scale and even within us to help us forgive and forget.Life is short and journey to success long,so why waste time in snatching things from others rather invest in making yourself capable enough to achieve everything you ever wanted.Take some time to tell your friends.parents,siblings how much they mean to you,won’t take away much.Mahatma Gandhi passed away in the process of teaching his nation to tolerate,to be patient,let not his preaching go in a vain because an eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.