Youth and Active Citizenship
01 Apr 2015 - 30 Sep 2016
Youth and Active Citizenship
01 Apr 2015 - 30 Sep 2016
The problem of conflicts is impacting the common lives where peaceful relations are threatened by complex multiple crises. The vicious cycle of violence and the factors that intensifies violent situation, attitudes and behavior is yet to be included in larger developmental discourse. Therefore, the nonviolent resolution ought to be central to all discourses on development, governance and violence and design intervention to prevent violence. Capacity building for nonviolent and peaceful ways of violence prevention and conflict resolution is crucial for a healthy democratic order and sustainable and harmonious development.
About the Project:
The foundation of the project lies in the transformational social change through capacity building of youth on nonviolent and peaceful ways of violence prevention and conflict resolution through dialogue and negotiation based on the principles of justice and democracy. In preceding four years of intervention, the Swaraj dialogue has created space for conflict resolution and for coalescence of constructive and nonviolent forces those otherwise remains dormant or repressed. This year the project aims at consolidating the core team of Shanti Mitra at National level with clear mandate of work. Also the civil society support group created has been quite supportive in establishing linkages with the law enforcing government machineries, holding dialogues with district administration on democratic and adopting peaceful means of resolving issues and conflicts.
In Jammu & kashmir, it has been recognized that peace building is a long-term vocation that requires the building of cross-group networks and alliances that will survive intermittent conflicts and create a platform for sustainable human development and security. The team in J&K is preparing to engage in Issues identified as constructive social awareness and action issues, such as domestic violence on women; Half-widow and widows, drug abuse among the youth, both men and women etc.
Jammu & Kashmir:
Addressing radicalization in the J&K region will be the major thrust. The same line of efforts, activities intra-regional and regional meetings-will have to be held in order not to allow the present situation of polarized sentiments create any negative impact on the mutual goodwill created after good efforts. More intra-region youth dialogues will be organized for communal harmony in affected and sensitive areas for mediation and dialogue between Kashmir Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits for rapprochement.
•Workshop on Peace Building and Swaraj Dialogue
•Consultative meeting with youth in Kashmir
•4 day convergence meeting with Shanti Mitra
•Follow up interactive meeting with different stakeholders in Jammu and Banka
•Development of IEC materials and documentation of best practices.
•Constructive social action by youth groups in all the intervention states.
Results to be Achieved:
•Community based peace monitoring and peace-keeping ( in J&K)would be established for providing a community based nonpartisan civil society forum as trustworthy peace-mechanism .
•A positive environment is created to accept that nonviolent alternative methods can be effective in establishing democratic order in the larger society.
•Shanti Mitra are acknowldged as prime movers of social change and will contribute to the process of transformative change from violence to non bviolence
•Civil society groups formed in different districts are proactive in strategising peace interventions in respective districts.
•Stabilization of youth groups in the Valley and in Jammu
•Relationship building between estrange communities on the one hand; and, estranged regions of the same state
•Peace intervention training of the youth
•A document on social issues and non violent ways of solving the problems.
Success Story: Miss Mariya Mushtaq, a bright, articulate post graduate student of literature at the Kashmir University came to the Swaraj Peeth youth group meeting in Srinagar on 12th June. For her it was the first time experience. As a student she has written a lot of articles and is a freelance writer as well. She writes poetry and gets published. During the year 2014, efforts were made members of youth group to mobilize youth through peace dialogues and in the process Mariya Mushtaq was also contacted . Though she was reluctant and not very convinced of any change through any transformative change through peace dialogue, yet she participated in one of the Swaraj Dialogue conducted as part of the project of SWarajpeeth. As she says “it was an eye opener and generated a lot of curiosity within to read, discuss and know more about Gandhian philosophy and its relevance in the contemporary socio political situation of Jammu and Kashmir and hence I continued to attend the monthly meetings”. After being regular member of the meetings Mariya wrote a poem-
Where the Minds Met
It was a meet where the minds met,
Concepts were brought to the light..
A flight made to escape the narrowness..
Think out of box..
Broaden the sight...
We were seated together,
Still we belonged to the one cause...
Tried to explore what is kept hidden..
Without breaking the so called laws..
The fire was put into the souls,
Which dreamt to imagine a free world..
Oneness matters like life..
Not fame, rules or the gold...
Started a journey
To bring a morn..
In the glory of which
The truth would be seen.. And,
Humanity will be saved, not Torn..