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.