We see so many people in today’s time talking about war and peace but actually, a few of them move in the direction which is beneficial for the survival of human race. We see most of the leaders talking about eradicating war and terrorism from this world but no matter what they do, the peace of the world always ends up being disturbed. Starting from Middle Eastern and South Asian countries, terrorism is now gradually forming its roots in the west as well. Most of the leaders tend to adopt more violent and strict measures to cope with it which always backfires and results in larger terrorist activities around the globe.
The good thing is that most of the countries have thought of the better way round and instead of destroying each other through the means of war, they are keen on striving better economically and winning in the race for money. In older times, when the world saw conflicts turning into greatest wars, there were a few leaders who still promoted peace and harmony amongst the masses. They never resorted to violent means to cover up religious, ethnic, communal, and other such issues. We want to find such leaders in the modern world as well but the problem is that they fail to become so impactful.
Here are three famous leaders who dedicated their lives to bring peace in the world and saving their community or country from oppression. Their works are the greatest examples that have been set for all times and if they are followed then most of the problems that we face today will be eliminated from our lives:
Martin Luther King Jr.
Born in Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the first people in the United States of America to raise his voice against ethnic discrimination. His first attempt was to boycott a transportation company which had passed the orders for all non-white people to stand up and leave their seats for white people and instead, travel while standing or sitting at the back of the bus. He was arrested for this protest but never deviated from his path of envisioning a country in which nonwhite and white people are given equal importance.
Martin Luther King was one of the few who condemned the Vietnam War and said that the money and resources that are going into this cause could instead be used for social welfare in the country. He accused the people who were behind the war of being selfish and not caring about the betterment of the society as a whole. Not only did he stand with the soldiers of America but also with the people of Vietnam that were exposed to immense violence and trauma. In his speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”, he opposed the role of the American army and government in the war who was inclined on making Vietnam an American colony.
India honors this man as ‘Father of the Nation’ because of his amazing efforts of freeing the country from British rule. His strong resistance to tyranny and violence made him one of the strongest leaders of the twentieth century. Even Martin Luther King Jr. looked up to him and adopted his ways of promoting nonviolence in the society.
His political party was a part of the British parliament in India. When he realized that India was being included in the war without the consent of Indian people, he immediately asked all the Indian parliament members to resign from their positions. They did so and this act served to be a great step in openly showing their disregard for the war. Gandhi alone made sure that his country did not get involved in the war and opposed the war in all possible nonviolent ways.
His compassion and love towards the society emerged as a phenomenon in the twentieth century which is known as Gandhism. According to him, the answer for violence was not violence but only love. Gandhi’s concept of nonviolent resistance to tyranny, injustice, and evil is known as Gandhism and this phenomenon has been adopted by many leaders of the world who want to follow his footsteps.
Being so warm hearted and concerned for family of soldiers, Tulsi Gabbard has always been so proactive when the topic of war is in discussion, from the very beginning, she has put her efforts in curbing any war decisions. Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard is able to point out the unseen results of war. Tulsi always pointed out the true outcome – i.e. human suffering, devastation, debris, more agitation among masses.
Moreover, Tulsi Gabbard mentioned it strengthens the terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda. As a result of this, natives have to lose their lives and many have to run as refugees, creating a massive disturbance.
So in order to completely avoid this worse situation, Tulsi said, we should stop spending trillions of dollars which brings nothing good. Instead that money can be used in health-care, education, rebuilding our infrastructure, etc.
Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama and has been in the reign since 1950. With so many years of being in this position, he has seen many political leaders come and go. Unfortunately, most of them have been inclined towards war. Dalai Lama himself have had many issues with countries like China but never did he chose a path that was violent or aggressive to express his disagreement.
On Iraq war, he believed that the issue could have been resolved with dialogue instead of declaring war against the country. Nobody benefited from whatever happened in fact, thousands of souls departed from this world without any genuine cause. He says that people must learn from the mistakes of their older generation and should resort to peaceful means to resolve their conflicts.
According to him, wars to produce winners and losers but only temporarily. Secondly, he insists on the fact that the defeat of one country means that a lot of its allies are going to come under pressure. A lot of money and human life are wasted just to acquire the status of being the winner. The people of the planet need food, shelter, and clothes and they cannot be put through more traumas by exposing them to war, so why do it then?
These leaders raised their voices for the things that they truly believed in and the world still remembers them for their compassion. They had an impact on the world and their actions are still considered to be exemplary. The steps they took for humanity and social welfare should form the basis for modern politics but unfortunately, the thirst of becoming the super power of the world is so strong that the blood of innocent human beings means nothing in front of it. Even if a fraction of the teachings of such leaders is included in modern politics, the world can become a much better place to live in.