Jai Jagat 2020 is a nonviolent campaign to collectively reflect and act for global peace and justice.
Jai Jagat’s vision is one of adopting the principle of ‘ahimsa’, a Gandhian concept, which guides and motivates human action. Nonviolent social movements are encouraged to bring people together to courageously press for agendas of change for the weakest sections of the population.
The practice of nonviolent social action is not just for enacting external change, it is also for continually overcoming one’s own inner violence. Gandhi’s use of satyagraha (translated as ‘truth force’) to find inner power by which to overcome obstacles and carry out external change was both referenced on the self and on larger social conflict.
This vision links individual, ‘inner’ transformation with larger, ‘external’ social change, and may be broken up into six commitments: first, commitment to personal change; second, commitment to protecting the life nurturing role of the earth; third, commitment to nonviolent social action; fourth, commitment to nonviolence as a way of life; fifth, commitment to global citizenship; and sixth, commitment to justice, human rights and democracy.
These six commitments are focused on changing value systems, and if visualized in relation to one another, may contribute to creating a social base which will help bring about and sustain public support for urgently needed changes to resolve various pressing survival issues, such as the pressing climate and ecological emergency.
This demands us to be open to dialogue wherever possible, and if dialogue is not possible, to take up struggle.
Such commitments ask us to be intentionally nonviolent in thought, word and deed. Words and actions begin in thought, and thus we need to develop the discipline of examining our thoughts before speaking.
Speaking in a nonviolent manner requires us to listen and respect others, even if their views are different or critical of our own. People with different perspectives on the same reality are more nonviolent when they appreciate each other’s differences.
The only way that the planetary issues we speak of here can be addressed is if people sustain their commitments to change, both in their relationship with the earth and to each other. Inner change comes first and foremost, but for this change to occur, it has to be self-willed and with a positive commitment to realize peace as a social goal.
To quote what Gandhi did in fact say: ‘If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change’.