Governor Launches Exhibition on
Mumbai, November 24, 2003: Maharashtra Karnataka Governor Mr. Mohammed Fazal will inaugurate the
exhibition, Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace, at the Convocation
Hall – Mumbai University today.
With war, terrorism and conflict
being the order of the day, this exhibition, jointly organised by the Gandhi
Smriti & Darshan Samiti and Bharat Soka Gakkai, seems both appropriate and
timely. Three peace builders from different cultures and countries send one
message: Peace is achievable through non-violent means.
There is much in the world
today that appears wrong, that needs correction. Yet, institutions that
safeguard human needs and interests are themselves corrupt. It is hardly
surprising that then there is a growing sense of hopelessness in society, and
more particularly in the individual, who feels totally effete and isolated. This
frustration manifests itself most frequently in acts of violence and destructive
behaviour and culminates in war.
But even one individual, if he or
she decides to stand up, can make a difference. And this is the message of the
exhibition, The Power of One that showcases the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin
Luther King and Daisaku Ikeda.
One is a Hindu, the other a
Christian and the third a Buddhist. They come from different countries and
cultures. What links them is the fact they had a vision, worked towards its
realisation with determination, despite great obstacles and realised it. What
distinguishes their effort is the means - completely non-violent - with which
they achieved their goals. This gives strength to the statement that soft power
- one that influences the mind has as much if not greater effect than the power
of brute force.
Common factors in their lives
include their humble beginnings, the fact each had a mentor, the innate humanity
that coloured all their efforts, the forging of their character through acute
adversity and the lies and persecution meted out by negative forces jealous of
their growing popularity. The last three panels are detailed biographies of
their lives - a touching aside is the positive and extremely supportive role
played by their wives.
The exhibition is on till November
For the convenience of people
living in North Bombay, our exhibition will be held in the Marathi Bhasha
Bhavan, Kalina Campus, Bombay University, Sanatcruz (E), from 30th November to
6th of December. Timings 9.00 am to 7.00 pm.
The Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) is the
Indian affiliate of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), an NGO whose over 12
million members based in 186 countries and territories work for worldwide peace
through the principles of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhist life philosophy. Central
to this is the principle that fundamental change in a single individual can
bring about a societal transformation.
Established as a registered
society in January 1986, BSG has sought to create an ambience of peace, through
cultural, educational and community-related activities. What sets these
initiatives apart is the humanistic spirit of reaching out, through
For further information:
BSG: Office of Public Relations (New
Getanjali Ayar: 9811173898,
Sumita Mehta: 9810549997.
Mrs Nalini Jani : 022 2215 3367/
Mrs Shirin Kharas : 98219 19630.