Revolutions kill a lot of people.
Often in Revolutions the wrong people come to power. Psychopaths, opportunists, liars and criminals.
Rationality, logic and reason go out of the window.
Violence precedes revolution.
The French revolution killed 2 million French people.....a lot of the very poor people which the peoples revolution stated it would save....killed often by fellow French people, or through endless war.
The same with the Bolshevik revolution, which eventually killed 60 million people.
The Maoist revolution in China which killed 60--100 million people.
The Khmer Rouge 'Year Zero' revolution which killed 2 million people.
and the Nazi revolution which killed 10 million Germans, and 60 million world wide in WWII.
In society mechanism for healthy discourse must be kept open....it must not become a closed society where a few hold the monopoly of ideas, and the dissemination of ideas.
Through dynamic discourse and creative ideas challenges and problems in society can be resolved.
The most successful societies embody such significant modern ideas of diversity of ideas and healthy discourse over all issues.
Societies that can manage change through open holistic diverse discourse, rather than conflict.
I would prefer calling India as 'Buddhist India', says PM Modi
BODH GAYA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attended a Hindu-Buddhist conclave in Bodh Gaya where he prescribed conflict avoidance as the most effective conflict resolution mechanism.(India Pakistan, India China, China Japan.......)
The PM said that conflict situations generally arise on account of the tendency of radical elements of some religions to impose their belief on others. In his 20 minute address before a select gathering of about 100 participants from more than a dozen countries, the Prime Minister endorsed the Bodh Gaya declaration made by the organisers to work for the establishment of global peace and harmony.
Modi, who earlier offered prayers at the world famous Mahabodhi Temple, also participated in a meditation-cum-chanting session, which was held under the sacred Bodhi tree.
He later addressed the select gathering in which the Prime Minister dealt with the commonality of themes and beliefs of both Hindu and Buddhist systems. There was so much in common between Hinduism and Buddhism, he said, that he felt like calling India as 'Buddhist India'. "We also need to celebrate diversity," Modi said.(So we acknowledge that India is not a Hindu country in the constitutional/political sense, but demographically it is....this Catholic approach to religion frees us to tackle many significant issues more holistically and objectively inside India....and that the RSS aren't secret unelected/unelectable back seat drivers of Cosmopolitan India's development)
The PM referred to the coincidence of today being Lord Krishna's birth anniversary. Like Buddha, Krishna too wanted to establish a system in which the truth ultimately prevailed and evil forces get defeated, Modi said.
PM Modi also addressed the issue of environment and the need for sustainable development without destroying the originality and ethnicity of cultures. Referring to Adi Shankaracharya, the Prime Minister said that the spiritual leader is rightly regarded as 'Buddha in disguise'.
Dwelling on the essential unity of religions and commonality of the teachings of different belief systems, the PM said that the need of the hour was to project the common aspects of different religions and for that a paradigm shift in approach was required.
The Prime Minister started his speech with the statement that he felt blessed at being in Bodh Gaya, the seat of Buddha's enlightenment. Modi said that before him two Indian Prime Ministers have been to this place - Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The PM offered all help in the development of Bodh Gaya as the most important centre of Buddhism and practical aspects of Buddhism relevant for the development of humanity as an entity irrespective of artificial divisions and sub divisions.
The conclave participants, besides diplomats and parliamentarians from several countries including Sri Lanka snd Nepal, included the Japan Foreign Minister Tsutomu Nakagawa and the Bhutan Foreign Minister LN Dorje. Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovil and Union Minister of state for Home Kiren Rijiju were also present.