LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On November 16-18 the prestigious Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad, India hosted the first day of a three-day international conference to discuss key issues involving peace and maritime issues that affect India and the ASEAN region (Southwest Asian Nations).
Event host Professor Yoga Jyotsna welcomed high-ranking military officers from India's Department of Defense Services, including several admirals and air marshals, as well as staff members.
Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, former flag officer and commandant of the Indian Naval Academy, gave the inaugural speech to over 350 delegates to the conference titled "Peace, Prosperity and Progress through the Sea." He outlined the challenges facing humanity today in relation to the sea, particularly around naval defense against terrorism, the importance of commercial sea bridges to neighboring countries, and the pressing issues of maritime environmental sustainability.
Introducing a focus on peace, Prem Rawat, an internationally renowned speaker on the subject of peace and founder of The Prem Rawat Foundation, gave the keynote speech of the morning session. Mr. Rawat asked the delegates to consider peace not simply as a question of the avoidance of war or violence but of individuals discovering their own personal peace. He suggested that if enough individuals can be at peace, it will have an effect on the human race in general, bringing about a material change in humanity's wellbeing.
Prem Rawat, a widely travelled pilot with nearly 14,000 hours of international flying time, spoke of his experience speaking to people from a wide variety of cultures. He remarked that we are experts at finding differences and divisions between us but very poor at finding common ground. He gave the example that no matter what language we speak, we talk about the same things. By focusing on our similarities, he said, we can bring people, societies and countries closer together.
Highlighting the huge cost of the lack of peace in our world, a recent report entitled The Economic Cost of Violence Containment, published by the Institute of Economics and Peace, pointed out that the cost of global violence comes to US$9.46 trillion per year, equal to 11% of the world's global GDP. A reduction of just 2.5% in global violence spending could pay for all the Millennium Development goals, including eradicating extreme poverty and providing clean water, sanitation and universal primary school education for the poorest of the world.
Prem Rawat noted that while widespread greed is causing an imbalance that results in the failure to address growing poverty, peace could change this equation. Over the next few days, conference members continued to explore the link between peace and the goals of prosperity and greater maritime security for all.
About The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF)
Founded in 2001, The Prem Rawat Foundation strives to address the fundamental human needs of food, water and peace so that people can live with dignity, peace and prosperity. For more information, visit: www.tprf.org.
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