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Peace Education is
a necessity in the North East: Prof Saikia
9th Mile, RiBhoi, 7 March 2018: “Peace
is a harmony, an awareness of being part of a human community
that unites diverse communities. Learning about peace is not
just a matter of definition, it is an awareness building.
Violence can precede and dictate the terms of our lives and
peace will be a byproduct of those terms. India’s North East has
experienced decades of insurgency and related violence and peace
education is a necessity here to create hope and understanding
in the next generation.” This was stated today by Prof
YasminSaikia from Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies,
Arizona State University (ASU), USA. ASU entered into a
partnership with USTM USTM in various collaborative programs .
Prof. YasminSaikia and Prof Chad Haines from ASU delivered
lectures on peace studies and participated in interactive
sessions at USTM. Addressing the participants in a workshop
organized by USTM, PrfSaikia said that there is a need to
integrate Assam and the whole of North East with the rest of
India and the world. "I study peace from the concept of ethics
and humanity. peace is an ownership of people, not state. It has
to be translated from the level of individual to community
effort", she added.
Prof Chad Haines talked about creating a Research Hub where
partners different countries will work collaboratively in
research work on community development from multiple angles.
Professor YasminSaikia grew up in the shadow of the 1971
Bangladesh war, inspiring a passion for peace that informs her
teaching and research. The author of three books—including the
just published, Women, War and the Making of Bangladesh—her work
focuses on movements for peace and reconciliation that exist
alongside conflicts at the intersection of religion, history and
culture in South Asia.