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Non-Violence in Today's World

06/09/2018 19:00 - 20:30
'Ahimsa' is a concept inextricably associated with Mahatma Gandhi. Generally translated as 'non-violence',  it's actually a religious principle of the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain traditions meaning 'doing no harm' or 'compassion'. How much have we really understood the origins of violence? And what have we learned about non-violence and its role and potential in the world today?  
BBC journalist Emily Buchanan will interview Lord Bhikhu Parekh, author of three widely acclaimed books on Gandhi, and Sister Jayanti, who for 50 years has been an emissary for peace, to explore their own personal perspectives on this theme that is so relevant to current times.
2019 will mark 150 years since the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.
Emily Buchanan
Emily is a Media Consultant. At different points in her career she was the BBC Developing World Correspondent, BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent and BBC World Affairs Correspondent. Emily was nominated for and won many awards for her sensitive and insightful work. She has also written a book about her two daughters, both of whom were adopted and born in China.
Sister Jayanti Kirpalani
Sister Jayanti is the European Director of the Brahma Kumaris who has explored in depth the contribution of women to society and the connection between consciousness and climate change. As European Director of Brahma Kumaris (BK) and a spiritual leader and teacher for 50 years, Sister Jayanti has dedicated her life to self-transformation and service to humanity. She is a pioneer advocate for the spiritual basis of caring for the earth and a key presenter at COP since 2009. As BK representative to the UN in Geneva since 1982, Sister Jayanti has championed the co-operative role of spiritual organizations in creating a just and peaceful world. She has brought spiritual principles to the discussion tables of politicians, economists, business leaders, scientists and nearly every stakeholder of our times.
Lord Bikhu Parekh
Bikhu is a highly regarded political thoerist and international university professor. He has taught at the London School of Economics, University of Glasgow, McGill univeristy, harvard university, insititue of advanced studies in Vienna and Yale university to name a few. Currently he is the Emeritus Professor at the Universities of Westminster and Hull. Bhiku is the author of nine widely acclaimed books in political philosophy and history of western and Indian political thought. He has published three widely acclaimed books on Mahatma Gandhi. Lord Parekh has received many prestigious awards. He was elected the British Asian of the year in 1992, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1988, a Fellow and then President of the Academy of the Learned Societies in Social Sciences in 1999, a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003, and a Fellow of the European Academy in 2008. Bhiku has been awarded several awards for his work in the social sector throughout Britain. Bhiku’s work in the education and political fields coupled with his in depth knowledge and interest in one of the worlds greatest pro peace activists, Mahatma Gandhi, gives us a unique and fascinating outlook on Non violence in our world today from a political and spiritual stand point.
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