Save Thy Neighbour: A Besa-ic Philosophy The year was 1943. The place was Puka, a small village in Northern Albania. When the day dawned, it promised to be just another in the life of Ali Pashkaj, an Albanian Muslim who owned a general store and tavern. Hours later, he was staring down the barrel … More Champions of Peace: Albanians During WW II
Defying death with a book and pen An October afternoon in 2012, life took a drastic turn for Malala Yousafzai. It was just a normal school day, until a Taliban gunman shot her three times and one bullet hit her head. She was in critical condition and was later moved to England for intensive rehabilitation. … More Champion of Peace: MALALA YOUSAFZAI
In just a day, the world’s largest democracy will witness a peaceful, constitutional transfer of power. Even at a time when we complain that power-hungry governments and divisive politics threaten the practice and spirit of democracy, a peaceful signing out and swearing in of governments signals that all is not lost. The form is not … More Teachable Moments:President Obama’s Farewell
I set out to write these Teachable Moment blogposts to help get important conversations going. Things happen and we react to them but do not always take the opportunity they present for teaching and learning. As I write this, I realise that of course, I am going to learn as much from this as anyone reading … More Writing about Teachable Moments: Confession Time!
teachable moment, noun, US: An event or experience which presents a good opportunity for learning something about a particular aspect of life. Each day is full of teachable moments–that is, moments that have the potential to be learning and teaching opportunities. We often experience them through reflection–something happens, and a flash of insight follows or … More The Teachable Moment
The noblewoman who made possible the Nobel Peace Prize! The Nobel Prize has become a benchmark of excellence the world over. The Peace Prize has been one of the most keenly watched and bitterly debated. Indians or India-related personalities have been the recipient of the Peace Prize three times: Kailash Satyarthi in 2015, the Dalai … More Champion of Peace: Bertha von Suttner
From Peace to Prosperity: Emperor Asoka Ask anyone what they know about Emperor Asoka, and this is likely what they will come up with: He became a peaceful king after the Kalinga War and he planted trees all along roads. Those two facts, seemingly unconnected, describe the life of Emperor Asoka (304-232 BC), one … More Champion of Peace: Asoka the Great
It can be difficult to forge peace with your best friend if he hurts you and kills your father. But that is exactly what Sahr did: forgave his friend Nyumah, in an attempt to restore their friendship. It was all possible when the friends, who were torn apart during the war in Sierra Leone, came … More Champion of Peace: Fambul Tok
Richard Scarry’s books are among the world’s most popular children’s books in English. First published in 1963, they reflected the ethos of the 1950s in their stereotyping by gender and ethnicity. Over the decades, until his death in 1994, Scarry was sensitive enough to update his books in response to criticisms about this. “DiLeo was … More Richard Scarry’s evolving world!
Explosions Within and Without: The MLK Lesson Peace. It’s an elusive word. And when the going is tough, it’s tougher to uphold. When we’re in relative comfort and without anyone repeatedly challenging our basic civil liberties, it is relatively easy to espouse peace. But the litmus test of peace is during times of crises. Great … More CHAMPION OF PEACE: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.