Changing Asia; forging partnerships, building sustainability, the Indian perspective at 50th Magsaysay award function

Released on: September 16, 2008, 11:07 pm

Press Release Author: Deepak Gupta

Industry: Advertising

Press Release Summary: The 50th anniversary of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay
foundation felt the resonance of Indian voice and an innovative view in contrast
with the established US dominated view for development in Asia. On the occasion of
the 50th anniversary a grand conference held at Manila, Phillipines before the
yearly award giving ceremony.

Press Release Body: The 50th anniversary of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay
foundation felt the resonance of Indian voice and an innovative view in contrast
with the established US dominated view for development in Asia. On the occasion of
the 50th anniversary a grand conference held at Manila, Phillipines before the
yearly award giving ceremony.
The uniqueness of the conference was the presence of all the living Magsaysay
awardees of last 50 years (As the Magsaysay Awardee from India was Binova Bhave in
1958)right there in plenary sessions along with Young social activists, to discuss
the various subjects which ranged from Resolving Asias conflicts and Asias
contradictions to building sustainability in Asia to Poverty and Inequality to
Managing social Conflicts.
Indian side categorically refuted the ideas like privatisation of water to eradicate
poverty and corporatisation of NGOs for their sustainability. There were various
other issues discussed to eradicate social conflicts including alternative methods
of conflict resolution encompassing not only socio-political but even military
aspect.
The Indian side was led by leading voices of India like M.S. Swaminathan, Arun
Shourie and Rajendra Singh etc. Who propagated Indian issues with very potent
voices. Prof. Swamynathan emphasised the need of Indian concepts like Antyoday &
Sarvoday. Dr. Arun Shourie questioned the very basis of GDP in measuring the
quality of life.
As the Ramon Magsaysay award is considered the Nobel Prize of Asia and the Magsaysay
foundation is one of the most prestigious bodies, this was a unique effort by
foundation to link the veteran experience of 50 years with the young leaders and
thus create a forum for young social activists for solving Asian problems.
There was a Asia society delegation designed by Vani Tripathi, Asia 21 Young Leaders
Programme and National Secretary Youth, BJP Had Varied Multi Faceted People Like Dr.
Sudhanshu Trivedi (Political Advisor To BJP President Raj Nath Singh), AICC
Spokesperson Manish Tiwari, Vibhav Kant Upadhyaya (Chairman India Center
Foundation), Vijay Jolly (MLA and President Delhi Study Group).
The conference also focused on certain serious contemporary issues like food crisis
that the world is facing today. It concluded with a hope that the young leaders
present there will definitely get enlightened by the awardees and thus will be able
to resolve the social problems of future.


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