Peace and Not War!

A man stood before God, his heart breaking from the pain of injustice in the world. Dear God,” he cried out, “Look at all the suffering, anguish and misery in your world. Why don’t you send help?” God responded, “I did send help. I sent you.”

India may be proud of her technological and industrial progress during the past 64 years. She can boast of the electric appliances and electronic gadgets, the two-in-ones, three-in-ones proudly displayed on the shelves of her supermarkets. There are 3,765 models of television sets, 283 types of washing machines, 333 kinds of refrigerators, 148 models of cars, numerous models of motorbikes, cameras, computers, stereo sets, over 250 satellite and cable channels, an expanding cell-phone network – indigenously produced or with collaboration.

But these luxury items are meant for whom? Only for the affluent middle class and the wealthy.

What about the poor masses of India who form the great majority? Their flight is deplorable.

480 million people in our country do not have a square meal a day.

Newspapers still report starvation deaths in some parts of India every year.

450 million people do not have access to clean drinking water.

Poverty and debt drive thousands to commit suicide every year.

680 million people do not have electricity at home

50 per cent of villages are without road connectivity.

500 million people cannot read or write. Illiteracy among the women is deplorable. The condition of our educational system is lamentable – dilapidated schools, unmotivated teachers, poor standards, irresponsible management, corruption and helpless parents. It is a vicious cycle where hopelessness breeds further hopelessness. India justice is not only delayed justice but often denied. To date 30 million cases are pending in various courts of the country. Many judges are totally corrupt – mere puppets in the hands of the rich and the powerful. (From a recent report from India Today)

Today if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other – that man, that woman, that child is my brother or my sister. If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbour, do you think we still need tanks and generals? (Mother Teresa)

Everyone needs to heed the call to peace and justice. I believe that if we begin by lighting a candle where we are, instead of cursing the darkness around us, light will shine… If everyone lights a candle wherever they are and shed a little light, the whole of India will be lit one day!


About John Parankimalil

John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, Ph.D (Education), popularly known as P.D. Johny is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is presently the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence Award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002 and the Guruvar Best Teacher Award from Shri Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was formerly Principal of St Anthony's Higher Secondary School, Shillong and National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He has authored several books. He is an Eduationist, Story-Teller and Leadership Trainer. He conducts seminars for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents. His popular books include, He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), Progressive Parenting (Unicorn), Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Babhani) The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), How to Win Over Your Problems (Babhani), The Secrets of High Achievers (Babhani).
This entry was posted in Assembly Talks. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Peace and Not War!

  1. donaldmasitha says:

    something must be done

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s