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An interview with past RI President Rajendra K Saboo
Category: Population | By RFPD, 11-Dec-2012 | Viewed 2491  Comments 0
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"Peace is not just an absence of war. It is the well being of healthy families", said Rajendra K. Saboo in an interview with PDG Dr. Rekha Shetty, Global Chairperson of RFPD - The Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development. Here they are in conversation at the recent Hyderabad RI zone Institute.

Rekha: Poverty is always one of the major causes for strife and war. What is your opinion?

PRID Rajendra K Saboo: Anything that reduces poverty creates peace. Peace is not just an absence of war. It is a feeling of well being and a healthy state of mind.  Anything we do to improve the health of the mother and child helps the family grow healthy in body and mind. The health of the expectant mother is important. Such a family encourages peaceful, happy thoughts and actions.

Rekha: What is the linkage between peace and maternal mortality?

PRID Rajendra K Saboo: A motherless child is disadvantaged in his development: physical, mental and emotional growth is seriously retarded. Such children can become an economic burden unless we proactively do something about it. We need to focus on reducing maternal mortality. The Indian government's insistence on children being born in hospitals has reduced maternal mortality.

Rekha: How does the empowerment of women create a peaceful society?

PRID Rajendra K Saboo: As Gandhi said, "When you educate a man it will flow to one generation. If you educate a woman, it will flow for generations to come."

Empowering women gives them a choice in all matters use of resources, the creation of resources, education and health of children, and even the number of children they choose to have. Vocational projects empower women to build healthier homes and to build peace.  Women are usually more sincere than men, as the Grameen Bank found. All of its programs for women's health and empowerment contribute to peace. Prevention of  maternal and infant mortality are key programs impacting peace.


Saboo concluded with an unusual thought: "Peace is not natural to human beings". Thomas Hobbs talks of 'Nature being red in tooth and claw'. We need to proactively create the discipline of peace, kindness and  tranquility. Rotary works directly for peace through its peace scholars and through its centers for peace and  conflict resolution. Our work for maternal and child health and for the empowerment of women build peace- through peaceful families.
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