The Ancient Indic Philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’

By:
Dr. Nandlal Jotwani
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The majority of people in the world lived through the culture of conflict during the twentieth century. It is unfortunate that the twenty first century too has started in an environment of hostilities and holocaust. Having undergone the agonizing experience of massive mayhem in two World Wars, we shudder at the prospect of outbreak of third World War. We live in a global village. Let our Global Village be free from fear, greed, violence and terror. Let us keep the human and physical environment clean and healthy. Let us protect it from sheer techno centric activity and capricious consumerism. Let us learn to be humane humans and follow the ancient Indic philosophy of ‘vasudhaiv kutumbakam’, that is, ‘the whole world is but one family’, which promotes global citizenship and culture of peace.
Let us celebrate and promote the spirit and philosophy of satyam, sivam, sundaram (Truth, Goodness, Beauty) and live life purposefully and peacefully. The concept of vasudhaiv kutumbakam – the world is but one family - culture of peace and global citizenship should be inducted into all aspects of human life and education, especially humanities.


Keywords: World War, Global Village, Satyam, Sivam, Sundaram (Truth, Goodness, Beauty), Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam
Stream: Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Nandlal Jotwani

President, Global Harmony (Non-Profit NGO for Value-Oriented Education and Culture of Peace)
India

He was honoured with the status of Visiting Fellow, ARC Initiative, Stanford University, U.S.A., for the academic year 2003-04, in the field of Indian culture and religion.
He presented his Paper on “Globalization and Its Impact on Human Development and Education” in the International Conference on “Globalization and Challenges for Education” organized by NIEPA, Government of India.
He made a presentation in the International Conference on “Globalization and IT” organized by the University of Santa Clara, USA.
He presented his Paper on “Globalization and Its Impact on Human Development and Education” in the International Conference organized by the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, Government of India.
His project on “Future of Our Children”, too, was invited for presentation in the International Conference held at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
His subsequent project “Environmental Education for Building Culture of Peace and Global Citizenship” was invited for presentation in the Education For Peace Globalnet Conference held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
He was accorded “International Recognition” and was presented the WEC-IIEE-IAEWP Award during the 6th World Environment Congress in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution in the areas of nation building, planning, development and environmental protection’.
He presented his Paper on “New Paradigm for Environmental Education in the Third Millennium” in the 6th World Environment Congress held in New Delhi, India.
He is the founder and president of “Global Harmony”, non-profit NGO, which works in the area of value-oriented education and culture of peace. This NGO was accredited to the United Nations Millennium Forum2000, in its earlier name, “S-A-V-E”, NGO.
A versatile personality, he is a decorated IAF veteran, educationist, scholar, researcher, linguist, environmentalist and media person.

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