During the month of November, I was scheduled to leave for Ajmer city, to attend our national assembly where members of United Religions Initiative from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Srilanka would attend but a friend cum colleague nominated me for training on Nonviolence conducted by Nonviolence Project Foundation, India. Being someone born amidst violence and atrocities, the idea of equipping myself with the right skills to spread peace and the message of nonviolence rose to fascination. Continue reading “Youth Peace Parliament 2017 & Training on Nonviolence”
Initiated by G3S Foundation, United Religions Initiative (URI) – North India and Afghanistand and Bishnoi Community as the foundational step to make the world a better place to live for generations to come, the event took place from 3rd – 6th of June, 2017 at Buddajohar, Dabla Village, Rajasthan India.
On my arrival, did I learn that Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan is the hottest place in India, having 49 degree Celsius at that time and despite that, the Bishnoi School girls had prepared a welcome parade for me. I lacked not of the will but the words to truly express my sincere gratitude to Bishnoi School kids for their immense love and respect. Seeing them sweat under the burning heat of the sun while performing the parade with passion and sincerity, I just melted in that moment.
United Religion Initiative’s basic principal is to build bridge among interfaith communities; to ensure peace and unity. I was assigned to represent the same ideology and deliver the message that carries the importance of environment and humans on this planet that are interconnected. I have had a wonderful time with the people of the village, be it during the interactive sessions with the youngsters and the villagers regarding our differences in treating our environment or during lunch in Bishnoi Dharamshala regarding our stances on human rights and religiously motivated matters.
While presenting a pen to a girl for her hard work and dedication at school, I shook her hand wishing her best with future endeavors. I could see her bright open eyes as if someone is dreaming in real that was when she said, “I will never forget this handshake and I promise that I will become a navy officer”
Moments that remain in my heart are the times of true human encounter when we both exchange lessons for life. It is true that people are prettiest when they talk about something they really love with passion in their eyes.
The organizers ( G3S Foundation) and Bishnoi Community’s efforts are commendable. Their hard work and dedication was portrayed in the form of performances by the school kids at the exhibition and cultural night. The environment awareness program included Yoga, Water Campaign Rally and Tree Plantation.
Protecting environment, safeguarding animals and the right utilization of water are the core values of Bishnoi Community. I believe the team had an intension of teaching them but instead, they returned with abundance of lessons from them.
At last, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to Subhi Dhupar, the regional Coordinator of URI for North India and Afghanistan and the heads of G3S Foundation, Mr. Anil Kumar, the president of G3S Foundation and its secretary general, Mr. Deepak Kumar for their confidence and faith.
It was indeed a privilege to attend the first Bhutan – India Bilateral Youth Dialogue 2016, representing International Youth Committee (IYC, India) that took place in the capital city, Thimphu. This meeting was crucial for both the countries’ youth to form better policies and plans on engaging them to foster connecting for future collaborations.
On other hand, Bhutan has always been a dream destination so there definitely was a tentative itinerary to explore the country, its culture and the people. A short memoir on Bhutan will soon be published in which I’ll show you the country that is well-known for its monasteries and fortresses. The people whose civility sets them far much better than any other country I have visited so far.
The 1st Bhutan- India Bilateral Youth Dialogue 2016, held in Ministry of Education, Department of Youth and Sports, Thimphu, Bhutan resulted in drafting the following plan of action.
Thimphu Plan of Action 2016 (Thimphu Youth Declaration 2016)
1) To facilitate the education system in Bhutan and providing new opportunities to access quality education through students exchange program, etc.
2) To extend support and cooperation for the promotion of Game and Sports in Bhutan by providing various training programmes and coaching with new scientific approach and organizing various sports competition like Inter-District Sports Tournaments, etc.
3) To open International Youth Disaster Response Team (IYDRT) Clubs in every schools, colleges, universities and institutions under IYC and also to extend immediate relief, cooperation and supports at the time of any kind of natural disasters through ‘International Youth Disaster Response Team’ like floods, earthquake, etc.;
4) To Open Club25 Bhutan (a youth oriented social club with the concept of donating blood 25 times at 25 years of age) and also to extend supports in promoting and reaching healthcare facilities in remote areas through IYC;
5) To adopt SDGs Village in one of the selected village of Bhutan as a role model village in the World;
6) To promote the culture of both the countries through various cultural exchange programmes;
7) To organise annual youth festival in Bhutan by leaving no one behind specially to hunt the talents amongst the youths to empower themselves;
8) To promote the youth of Bhutan in national and international platforms;
9) To observe 21st February every year as “International Youth Empowerment Day” as a mark of remembrance of handing over of power to youth by the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the fifth and current Druk Gyalpo (“Dragon King”) of Bhutan on his birthday.On this day we will call for investing politically and financially to empower young people of the world so that they can help build a more just and sustainable future for all. The day will mark to raise awareness of the importance of empowering youth and It was also decided both the countries youth to promote this day internationally to observe in the years to come &
10) The agenda will be offered for adoption and will be shared widely to both the government with civil society as well as the UN Member States, UN Organizations and UN Secretary-General.
World Youth Conference “Youth for Sustainable Development” from 12th November – 14th November 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, India facilitated a process that strengthens effective youth participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of various global issues of the world which refers to the process of defining the future global development framework that will succeed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of the United Nation.
The Conference also focused on an inclusive platform for youth that enables them to review the progress of the SDG’s, share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the SDG framework and its implementation.
Hosting this conference has been a tremendous experience so far.
I have learned it that when you’re in stress and pressure, you tend to lose yourself most of the time, but know it, that is when you’re out of that comfortable zone so take that as an opportunity to growth rather than a burden. You can’t put the blame on the organization if it’s hard for you to cope up, forget about doing better. You need to stick to the point when your hardest hit cause it’s when, at times, things go wrong that you must not quit.
It hit me many times while I were laying accusations that not every time, things will go smooth and according to the plan. You wanted to be a leader, right? Now, deal with it. You know what you’re best at? Connecting! Yes, that’s the number one criteria for your advancement and you know how to connect? No? Look, man. We humans have a tendency that we will only listen to you if we’re important to you. Now, go and put value in your audience and connect!
And so did I learn that if I ever want to accomplish my goals, I must connect in a way that it will not only be effective but a very enjoyable experience for me and everyone in the room.
For many performers or well known speakers, its very important for them to be valued by their listeners but for me, I love my audience. It is crucial for a connector to first value his audience if he has a passion for public speaking and a plan to sustain.
and in between a lot of work, it is healthy to sit down for a while and have a cup of coffee with the woman you like 😉