Two of the most respected influential people are set to come together for a noble cause. Social activist and retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi and Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, are joining hands with other luminaries like Padmashree Dr Kaarthikeyan, Padmashree Dr Vijay Bhatkar and Tami Simon, among others, to promote world peace.
They will be part of an event organised by Tej Gyan Foundation, a Pune-based charitable organisation, which has announced Happy Thoughts World Peace festival on October 10, in Pune.
As part of the World Peace…Piece by Piece Movement, the foundation put together 10 events for the first 10 months of the present year in various parts of India. The initiative will culminate on October 10, when world peace events will take place across 50 cities in India on the same day and time.
Women as peace makers
Bedi, who will speak on ‘How women can transform homes, hearts and nations’, says, “Women as mothers and teachers have the maximum impact on children. Peace is a human instinct, and you don’t need a college degree for values.” But she rues that we don’t have a “female Mahatma Gandhi yet” as a national icon.
Although she has met the peace propagator Lama on various occasions before, she regrets that he couldn’t visit her when she was stationed at the Tihar prison. She says, “He wrote the foreword to my book, released my website www.kiranbedi.com , and was even a part of my film Yes Madam, Sir. He wanted to come and speak to the prisoners, but narrow-minded as we are, we did not allow it.”
Second season on TV
Bedi’s TV show Aap Ki Kachehri will be on air by next January. “The programme is being watched even in Dhaka, and a law professor in Nepal told me that they have customised the show to teach in the law school. It’s a path-breaking concept in promoting social justice, mediation and reconciliation. In a lot of South East Asian countries, people have been watching and making the show a medium to teach mediation and reconciliation,” she informs.
The activist, who recently released her book Broom & Groom, has not taken up any other TV show to concentrate on Aap Ki Kachehri.
Her NGO, Navjyot India Foundation, is now a part of four community colleges. It offers skill-based courses like English-speaking, computer programming and confidence building, among others, to kids in villages. These courses are registered with the IGNOU in Delhi. Bedi hopes to take the model to other cities too.
Before she signs off, she says: “People want things to be settled as fast as possible in a fair and just manner. So I’m always on my Blackberry.”