Bringing a “Culture of Peace” & legacy of Mahatma Gandhi

Posted on September 29, 2012


Article by Tina Quizon

Mahatma Gandhi would make 143 years old on October 2, and his legacy of non-violence and the movement towards peace are lessons that mankind has yet to fully embrace.

We have come so far, but we have so far to go, in the Constance for equality, to end poverty, against discrimination of minorities and women and the inequalities in the corporate, financial and social responsibilities of government and communities.

a very young Arun Gandhi with his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi and family

a very young Arun Gandhi with his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi and family

As the United Nations held the 1st ever High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace in New York City on Sept. 14th, one begins to realize the importance of keeping these dialogues on the forefront if we are truly to respect & embrace all people of our planet, needs to be at the core of humanity’s agenda.

I had a chance to reflect on impacts of the United Nations dedication and devotion to the Culture of Peace, reaches far to here in the pacific. As I ended my phone conversation with Dr. Raj Kumar as he shared the information on the newly completed curriculum of the Culture of Peace that Ambassador Chowdhury has created to bring to the students of the Hawaiian Islands. I met up with Amb. Chowdhury while I was in New York City last month, who spoke about the importance of Women’s participation at all levels of decision making and thereby structure the peace and security in a way that there is no recurrence of war and conflict. In a speech he gave in 2005, the Amb. Chowdhury stated, “We should not forget that when women are marginalized, there is little chance for an open and participatory society.” He said there is much work to be done, we met here in Honolulu during one of his visits to the Gandhi Statue in Waikiki and we continue to work together to bring TV & radio content and articles that may help others to join in on the efforts of a “Culture of Peace.”

And on Oct 2, 2012 Dr. Raj Kumar, the Founder and President of the Gandhi International Institute for Peace, is organizing the 7th annual event to raise awareness towards nonviolence and peace in Hawaii. In a Celebration of International Day of Nonviolence in Honolulu, Dr Kumar has invited the entire community to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 143rd birthday and International Day of Nonviolence on October 2, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m. at the Gandhi statue outside the Honolulu Zoo in Waikiki.

Dr. Kumar is the author of several books. His new book, Anger and Nonviolence, will be released in summer of 2013. For more information about the event, email him at, or visit:

Arun Gandhi #5 grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, continues his granfathers legacy of “Be the Change you want to see in the world” with his continued work here in Honolulu Photo by Tina Quizon .