London, Jan 16: Expelled BJP member and former external affairs minister, Jaswant Singh has been conferred with the tilte of “Ambassador of Peace" for South Asian region in London on Friday, Jan 15.
Singh was bestowed with the title by Peace International, a London-based organisation for his efforts to established peace in the South Asia.
President of Peace International Javed Raja honored Singh with a shawl in a function held at the London Hilton Hotel on Friday, Jan 15.
Calling himself as an ordinary citizen of South Asia, Singh said that it was a rare honor.
He urged the leaders to the come out of the shadows of the past and act together to tackle problems.
"If we continue to live in the past and dwell on the wrong accounts of several centuries, we will never be able to meet the challenges of today. Unless we jointly and collectively act together and address the challenges that we face, nobody else can help us," Singh said.
Singh added that it is the reponsibility of all the leaders to restore peace in the region.
"With the partition of India in 1947, peace has also abandoned the land. Unless we take responsibility for restoring peace, nobody will do it. If we don"t, nearly two billion people in the whole of South Asia will be doomed to poverty and misery," he added.
Concerning his book Singh said that he was not a historian, but was a self-taught villager.
"I am not a historian. At the age of 15, I went to a military academy for training. I am a self-taught villager from the deserts of India. I do have, over the years, collected an almirah full of convictions," he said.
Singh said that his expereince as soldier has taught him the importance of peace.
"Having been a soldier, it is easy for me to say peace is necessary. Soldiers, above all, do not want conflicts," he said.