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Published:June 4th, 2008 09:23 EST
Let's change the world

Let's change the world

By Shakti Ghimire

We have a strong belief in respecting fundamental civil liberty, sustainable peace, development and Democracy. Our initiative should spin around strategic philosophy, trouble solving and preparation agendas under the banner of peace, not by putting too much stress on provisional conflict solutions. People have to realize that peace is a procedure in and of itself; furthermore, creation and development of something new is possible only in long-lasting peace. If we have to be educating about it, we can reach to change the world.

We should be raising the awareness for peace, justice and democracy to the people of world. In order to develop peace in the world, its residents need to be safe and should be able to trust the government or authority that protects them. In today`s world where the people in power are so corrupt and the safety of the citizens is hindered, it is very difficult to provide peace a single chance. When citizens of the world face unfair situations they are bound to be violent, nation starts losing signs of peace and revolution takes place. I think the concept of justice has become more prominent in today`s world where terrorism is one of the main threats countries face. Justice can be best achieved by identifying terrorists and punishing them severely.

Democracy is very important for any country to achieve development. If a country cannot be democratic and is always under the rule of dictatorship or other countries, the people start feeling the loss of their fundamental rights, freedom and independence. It can confidently be stated, then, that peace cannot be obtained without justice and democracy. Justice and democracy make the development possible. If the culprits do not get punished, if the innocent suffer, if people cannot live independently, if powerful countries start dominating weaker ones, then the only possible outcome can be violence and war. War can make a conflict in the world, but war cannot revolutionize the international community.

Countries like Iraq can never experience peace until the US retracts its army from their land and lets Iraq gain its democracy, and when terrorists leave the country and its residence feel they have obtained justice and equality, democracy will follow.  In order to raise awareness about peace, we have to restore the justice system and make sure that innocent people do not suffer and are not dominated. Only after people start feeling that their voices have been heard and that there is still truth and justice on the earth, will there be a chance for peace to prevail on the earth.

Well, the present situation is that most of the countries are spending their funds on manufacturing weapons and are involved in war rather than spending it on education or health care or in other society development issues. There is extreme poverty and hunger throughout the world. In every country certain people are below the poverty line. The funds of the government should be used in such a way that poverty can be eradicated. After the poverty is eradicated only then can a country be developed. So instead of spending the funds only on weapons and wars, the funds have to be equally distributed and spent in all sectors.

The health status of an individual depends on the services provided by the country. The health sector is very important and is the first priority for everyone. Hence, the nation should uplift the service of health care. We can take an example of Nepal, where the health care is at a minimal level. In the rural area there is no facility of health care. People still go to traditional healers instead of going to the doctors. In the village there are no facilities; hence, there are no doctors. If the government spends funds on providing facilities, then the health of the citizens would be better. Instead of spending the funds on only one aspect, all the aspects should be given equal importance.

Until, and unless, the population of the country is educated, the country cannot get skilled human resources. Quality education should be spread to all parts of the country to every child, free of cost.

Ignoring other sectors like health, education, transportation, communication and development, the government should stop using funds on buying weapons and focus on other aspects.

The world today has been facing various problems. There should be ways made to solve the present problems. To stop the problems or let the problems not occur again steps should be taken earlier. The influential people should now re-think how the problems can be eradicated. Hence, they should start thinking from the base. The leaders, the officials and the industrialist should now think from the root. If the root of a plan is strong then the plan will be successful. Plans should be made for development. The leaders are the ones to give direction to the country. Hence, they should have a clear vision of what the citizens of the country need and where the country should be taken. For all these, they should think from the root.

According to Dr. Martin Luther King, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." The amount of funds being spent on weapons is increasing every year. Even though the majority of the military expenses occurred in the US due to its war on Iraq, there is an even increase in military expenses throughout the world.

In a developing country such as Nepal, the budget has allocated maximum funds for the military purpose in 2005. The majority of the funds spent in military issues are directly related to purchasing more weapons for destruction. The effect of this is the decrease in funding for other issues which are much more important to society. The society can benefit much more if the money spent in buying weapons were used for education. The state of public schools today around the world is full of crime and the standard of education had decreased in the past few years.

In developed countries, almost every week, you can hear the case of a child bringing a gun to school and shooting other school children. There are millions of children around the world who are deprived of normal childhood, they have to struggle to survive, and mal-nutrition is a serious defect developing countries face. Educational institutions need higher standards of education; public schools do not have proper funding so the students in those institutions cannot get proper education. There is scarcity of water and problem of droughts in many parts of the country, there are natural disasters occurring in every part of the world, billions and billions of people do not even get to eat a healthy meal once a day. But all these social issues are neglected and majority of the funding every nation receives is spent on building their military power and buying more and more weapons every day.

Similarly, developing international mechanism and presser group for conflict resolution and respect of human rights are also ways to keep peaceful world. There is a lot of injustice happening in the world. It is clearly stated in the United Nation`s declaration of human rights that every individual should be treated equally. But there are still many issues, which tend to differentiate and treat a group superior to others. There are many people who are killed and treated badly due to discrimination of many sorts, be it religion or race. Religious discrimination has led to thousands of Jews being massacred in the holocaust. There is a never-stopping conflict going on in India and Pakistan between the Muslims and the Hindu. The African Americans are still isolated and looked down upon in the most developed country of the world, United States of America. Every day people are dying in South Asian countries like India and Nepal due to racial discrimination. The rich and the elite always have looked down upon the poor. The poor and the unemployed have always been deprived of benefits that other people have used. Leaders must stop such conflicts and guarantee that the concept of human rights is followed throughout the world. It is allso necessary to develop an international group which can give equality and justice to the citizens of the world.

The UN has initiated this effort of promoting human rights. This led to the establishment of Universal declaration of human rights by the United Nations in December 1948. The declaration promotes equality and the right for every human to live equally. But this declaration is not strong enough to enforce all that is stated. The declaration is old and needs to be updated, too. Fewer nations are following the declaration of human rights which has led to conflicts and suppression of some people. Leaders are there to resolve these conflicts present worldwide and to ensure that every one experiences human rights, it is necessary to develop an international mechanism, which is adopted by all the nations. Not only will this group have the power to empower those who have been suppressed and give them their rights, but will also have the power to punish those who violate human rights. This will lead to less conflict because everyone is treated equally and there is hardly any issue to blame one another.

Another significant point is that we should make forum for education, peace, advocacy, skills development and so on. Due to lack of forum, employment and opportunities, the youths are unengaged. Forum can help engage and encourage the youth. Moreover, there will be less chance for them to be involved in conflict. When the youths are employed, their minds will not be idle. This forum will help in peace building and peace keeping as well. Skills development programs are a must in today`s world. If the rural people are trained in certain skill development programs they can sustain their livelihood. Forum for advocacy makes women aware that they can get their rights and fight for their rights.

Finally, development is only achieved after getting sustainable peace. And, sustainable peace is only obtained after freedom of expression, institutional democracy, equity, justice, liberty, opportunities, etc. Besides, low-quality education, health hazard, poverty, prevalence of social evil and so on is the hindrance of development. People conscious about the human right, attitude about their leaders, their rights are alternative cause for the way to change world.