BENGALURU: Global peace maker and humanitarian, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, in his address at European Parliament in Brussels shared insights into his ongoing and recent peace mediations and his approach, rooted in non-violence at an event titled ‘From Meditation to Mediation’.
Speaking about his role as one of the mediators in the Ayodhya matter, one of the most sensitive and long standing disputes in India’s history, Gurudev shared what went into the mediation process: “This was the first time, a case that is of national importance, was put under mediation. Mediation has happened for property rights or in corporate cases but not on an issue as large scale as this, that will go into the annals of history of the largest democracy. There were 25 parties and we listened to each of them with all attention. There was no time limit. What we found is that people are so willing to cooperate. They’re willing to consider others’ point of view. They’re willing to move ahead for the betterment of all. An atmosphere of cordiality was generated. We met hundreds of religious leaders from both sides. All that contributed to creating an atmosphere of acceptance, of giving and moving forward. That gave way to a judgment that was welcomed by one and all. A burning issue that saw 71 wars, small and big, for so many centuries, was put to rest.”
The dignitaries present also included Gaitri Issar Kumar, Indian Ambassador to EU; Geoffrey van Orden, Member of European Parliament(MEP); Katarina Barley, VP EU Parliament; Jo Leinen Former MEP; Alojz Peterle,Former Prime Minister of Slovenia and MEP, and Dace Melbarde, MEP former Minister of Culture, Latvia.
Whether it is his continuous engagement for peace in Kashmir; or bringing together 67 major insurgent groups from seven northeast states on one platform to begin a new chapter in reconciliation and development; or be it the Colombian civil conflict, calling for a precarious balance between peace and justice, where he is known to have convinced the FARC rebels about the strategic implications of choosing Gandhi’s method of non-violence-for which he received Colombia’s highest civilian honor, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been creating space for dialogue, at times even on the political hotbeds of conflict.
Key members of the European Parliament also acknowledged Gurudev’s significant contribution in working for global peace.