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International conference on Peace and Non-violent Action held in Jaipur
In Jaipur, Jain-philosophy-based 8th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action (8 ICPNA) with the theme “Towards a Nonviolent Future: Seeking Realistic Models of Peaceful Co-existence and Sustainability” was organized at Anuvibha Kendra in the city from January 5 to 7 under the patronage of Jain Acharya Mahashraman.

The main aim of the conference was to create nonviolence awareness among the people at global level and evolve realistic models of peaceful co-existence and sustainability embedded in a culture of ahimsa. According to Acharya Mahashraman, the essence of knowledge is one's conduct or way of living that constitutes ahimsa and equanimity.

Keeping in view, the havoc caused by forces of violence and killing of innocent people in the name of religion, caste, color, nationality in various parts of the world, panel discussions were held and keynote addresses were made by India and foreign researchers and scholars on the urgency of a shift towards a culture of non-violence and peace.

Also, the problems of climate change, demise of bio-diversity, global warming, environmental and ecological degradation and rapid depletion of the resources of the earth were discussed. The belief, that ahimsa or nonviolence was a panacea for all the ills that grip our society today, was reinforced in the conference.

"We constantly fight to keep the world in some type of balance against a continuous background of either self-annihilation or diverting the planet into a garbage bin. Greed and selfishness are still main partners playing in human psychology and that is not something that can change overnight, nor can the fact of it be ignored. We have to search and work at the root of the problem. We believe that ahimsa (nonviolence) is a panacea for all the ills that grip our society today," said the organizers.

Here is my ABC verse on sustainability after the conference.

A: Adjustment for a balance among environmental preservation, social equity and economic or developmental demands

B: Basing individual lifestyles as members of eco-communities with ethical consumerism.

C: Capacity of a system to endure by preseving diversity and remaining productive over time is sustainability.

D: Developmental approach with environmental, cultural or life style with the values of peace and ahimsa along with political concerns intergrated into the sustainability matrix.

E: Ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions to be reconciled for development

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