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Maharashtra Governor Launches Exhibition on
Peace Builders

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 29, 2003.

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 'heart-to-heart' dialogue.

For further information:

BSG: Office of Public Relations (New Delhi)

Getanjali Ayar: 9811173898, Sumita Mehta: 9810549997.

Email: bsgpr2002@yahoo.co.in

Mumbai coordinator

Mrs Nalini Jani : 022 2215 3367/ 2215 1644.

Mrs Shirin Kharas : 98219 19630.

 

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