It was the great apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi, who gave a clarion call of ‘Be the Change’. Today, when the world is besieged by war and civil strife, young people have a crucial role to play in establishing a culture of peace. It would be apt to give a clarion call to the youth of the world to unite and ‘Be the Change’ in this effort to promote the spirit of volunteering and establish peace through non-violence. Indeed, the world today is younger than ever before and the youth has been hailed as a positive force for promoting and maintaining peace, development and change in the world. At the same time youth is affected by high rate of unemployment, armed conflict and global terrorism.
There is an urgent need to explore meaningful participation of young people in establishing the culture of peace by actively pursuing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and connecting to the universal yearning for peace.
Over the past 11 years, the Global Youth Peace Festival has been pursuing the agenda of youth leadership and transformative change. It has also shown the way to build a global culture of volunteerism and service. The GYPF 2016 coincide with the clouds of war had gathered over India and Pakistan. We at Team GYPF managed to change the narrative by having young people from 33 countries including 19 young girls for peace from Pakistan espousing for peace.
The youth solemnly re-affirmed that we are all part of one global family – Vasudaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) -- aspiring to establish peace in every corner of the globe. Human rights violation was felt as a serious concern and we should help by collecting data, providing legal services and supporting the vulnerable and marginalized population.
- Chandigarh - It's very difficult to imagine any major city in India more ideal than peace-city Chandigarh, a model of outstanding modern urban planning. Chandigarh’s beautiful gardens, bicycle paths, architecture, vast network of educational institutions and culture all contribute to a quality of life that is unbeatable anywhere else. Come and see Chandigarh - a Utopia! Click here for more details about the city.
- Amritsar - Founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das, Amritsar is home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the spectacular Golden Temple, one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. The same cannot be said for the hyperactive streets surrounding the temple. Amritsar is divided in two by a tangle of railway lines. The old city, containing the Golden Temple and other historic sites and bound by 12 medieval gates, is southeast of the railway lines. This is a fascinating area to explore, with a capillary network of narrow bazaars that seems to float between the centuries. Click here for more details about the city.
GYPF 2017 stands for strengthening the five essential principles of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy: Truth, Ahimsa (nonviolence), Simplicity, Trusteeship & Constructive Action...
- Truth - "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always." - Mahatma Gandhi
- AHIMSA (nonviolence) - "There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for." - Mahatma Gandhi
- Simplicity - "You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them." - Mahatma Gandhi
- Trusteeship - Mahatma Gandhi said we don't own the talent but we are appointed "Trustees" by God and so we must use the talent to help others, less fortunate or talented than us. But this "giving" or "sharing" or "helping" must not cripple the receiver.
- Constructive Action - Constructive Action is the natural corollary to trusteeship. It means getting involved in finding constructive solutions to problems.