Today, when the world is talking about sustainable planet, the role of India’s ancient traditions and sustainable lifestyle becomes more important.
From conflicts – like the war in Ukraine – and climate catastrophe. To mistrust and division. To poverty, inequality and discrimination. To the ongoing effects of a global pandemic.
In the period of ‘holier than thou’ mentality, today the world is facing a severe crisis due to conflicts caused by the attitude of one upmanship- the reason for all tensions. We have the wisdom to resolve this. Our scholars have said “Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti” meaning that absolute Truth is one but it is manifested differently.
The existing judicial institutions for jurisdictional reasons cannot bring to justice all those guilty of the primary crime of aggression. That is why we need a Special Tribunal regarding this crime – Russian aggression against Ukraine. A Tribunal that will ensure the fair and lawful punishment of those who started this history of disasters and tragedies, which has become the biggest war in Europe since World War II.
What I want to talk to you about today is the difference between gifts and choices. Cleverness is a gift. Kindness is a choice. Gifts are easy. They’re given, after all. Choices can be hard. You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you’re not careful. And if you do, it’ll probably be to the detriment of your choices.
You cannot mention the Bhagavad Gita and not think of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. His commentary on the Gita has, without doubt, guided more seekers around the world to the mysteries of Lord Krishna’s discourse to Arjuna than any other book.
I want to stress that it is important to maintain your link with the Janma Bhoomi. Your Karma Bhoomi is Qatar and you should dedicate yourself to Qatar’s progress.
Problems created by humanity can be solved by humanity.But doing nothing is not an acceptable option. The world desperately needs more effective and democratic international mechanisms that can solve people’s problems.
There are legal ways of expressing our views or taking action against any offence or perceived injustice, and they are meant to be followed. Despite the dark period of our history, The Gambia is known for peace and stability. Gambians are recognised as peace-loving, tolerant and accommodating people who coexist peacefully.
There is one particular reason that makes my call to public service especially urgent for your generation. It is an urgency that should move each of you, regardless of the career you choose. It is the urgent need to defend democracy.