Look into the Mirror
Dialogues for Truth and Reconciliation
Over centuries, we willfully contributed to create and sustain a system that, through us, brought on climate change, rape of the planet, oppression of billions in various socio-political forms, pandemics of hunger and poverty, among other tragedies. When Covid-19 exposed the intentions of this system across the world in varied local forms, we notice that the system, now intelligent enough to be self-serving, draws out its claws in self-preservation. It attempts to blame and vilify a virus for what is happening in the world, while it continues to avoid taking responsibility.
The system is not out there. It lives in us. It lives as us. It is time to take a long hard look into the mirror and start shifting the system that is us.
At Exult! Solutions, we have worked on various aspects of peacebuilding over the years, across the world. The 'Look into the Mirror' series of dialogues, dedicated to Truth and Reconciliation, is a service offering with a global intent and a local focus on the Indian subcontinent. We invite you to come into the structured dialogue space with courage in your heart and openness in your mind.
We do not promise ease. We guarantee discomfort.
We do not promise answers. We hope to generate more questions.
We do not promise peace. We strive to create an aspiration for it.
Among the most dreadful effects of colonisation of our minds (that continues through popular narratives and media) is the very narrow idea of development. In the process of so-called development and civilisation of indigenous cultures and peoples, we have lost access to a most evolved worldview that is beautifully aligned with the planet. Indigenous worldviews from around the world are clear on what is essential, and their cultures and peoples practised an eco-conscious lifestyle and built sustainable communities, till some of them got colonised - politically, militarily, or sometimes, commercially. Either way, in the name of development, the colonisers sought to homogenise the naturally diverse communities to suit their agenda. Today, the few indigenous communities preserved around the world are out guiding lights, for a world that is losing itself to a pandemic of mental and ecological health.
Tongpang Kumzuk comes from Changki village in Nagaland, in eastern India. He has a masters degree in social work and is an inspiring young professional who has contributed to organizations including Caritas India in Jammu and Kashmir, and the Missionaries of Charity in Assam. Among other voluntary activities, he is associated with the Initiatives For Change. He identifies as a youth activist interested in reviving indigenous practices, folklores and connection with nature.
He will be in conversation with Rukmini Iyer. She is the founder of Exult! Solutions and works in the spaces of organization and leadership development, and peacebuilding. In partnership with Srilakshmi Divakar, she runs The Handmade Journey, an initiative to reconnect with our ecology and rediscover sustainable living.
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