“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”

Indira Gandhi

Openness and reconciliation are prerequisites for lasting peace.

Indira Gandhi, a key political leader of India, provides a powerful metaphor highlighting the importance of reconciliation and openness as fundamental to achieving peace. This quote reflects the necessary conditions for dialogue and peacebuilding in any conflict—whether interpersonal or international. It serves as a reminder that peace requires an openness to dialogue, an unclenching of fists, and a readiness to engage with others. Gandhi’s insight underscores the importance of laying down arms and prejudices to foster an environment where peace can flourish.

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