New Delhi, Nov 24: Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari today stressed the necessity of peace to live in a 'global village'.
''The world is becoming smaller. So, if we need to live in a global village we need to establish peace. In a city we might stay apart, but in a global village we have to stay together with each other,'' said Mr Ansari, while inaugurating the international conference 'Peace through Reconciliation: The Asian Experience' at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library here today.
He said every human being wants to live a better life but conflict is harmful, because there will be no winners in the end. So peace and harmony need to be established.
While speaking about 'The Asian Experience', the Vice President said, ''I wish, if I could say Asian Experience is the best experience in the world.'' As a comparison, he referred to South Africa, ''who have move a step beyond proving 'past is past'.'' Quoting the Guru Granth Sahib that the entire humanity is just one race, Swami Agnivesh, social activist, who was also present at the event said, ''We need to work for peace with justice. If political parties can come together and form coalition government, then why can't different religious leaders work together and promote peace, celebrate all festivals, protest against corruption, religious fundamentalism, alcoholism, slavery and the like.'' Coming all the way from UK to attend the event Bhai Mohinder Singh, Patron of United Religious Initiative said, ''Who do not want to live in peace? Peace within family, within the community, within the country and so on. But until one is at peace with himself, he cannot establish peace outside.'' Well known Gandhian and Delhi Peace Summit Chairperson Nirmala Deshpande pointed out, ''we are living in a culture of confluence where all faiths should have equal respects.''''Victory to the world, Jai Jagat,'' she added.
Organised by United Religions Initiative&Delhi Peace Summit, the conference was attended by delegates from all over Asia including Mr Harpal Singh, Yoland Triveno, Chairman GC, URI, USA, Dr Mahinder Singh, URI (India), 26 delegates from Pakistan and others.