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Opinions Fri, 15 Oct 2010

Peace - A Priceless substance for Ghana

Peace is a substance that a country can not do without in its interaction within

the actors of the country and also its relation with other

countries.Peacedescribes a society or a relationship that is operating

harmoniously and without violent conflict. Peace is commonly understood as the

absence of hostility, peace also can be associated with individual’s sense about

him or herself to be free or "peace of mind".

Every country needs peace in order for development to take place. For peace to

take place there is no need for the particular type of governance or ideology

that one must adhere with, the only thing that is concerned most is the people

practicing that particular ideology. peace prevail in places that there are the

absence of insecurity, social injustice, economic inequality, politicaland

religious radicalism, and acute racismand nationalism.

In a country where the security of the people is not assured, the people tend to

defend themselves from the actions of aggressions which may either be internal

or external. When this happens, there will be chaos very where in that

particular country, and so therefore the only way to build peace in any country

is to secure the people and the properties of the state as well as the

properties of the individual.

There is the need to be a social justice within the country this is when there

fair treatment of the people in the social system. In a country where there no

social justice the strong will overcome the weak and the rich will always

triumph over the poor in any situation. This injustice in the country can

prevent peace from prevailing. The only way to solve this social injustice is by

the activeness of the major actors of the state-the government and the

individual.

Economic equality is another thing that paves way for peace to prevail, in a

country where there is economic equality, the chance of the economic to be

stable is very great. Economic equality refers to the situation whereby the

small scale and the large scale businesses are all left to operate without

market infringement. When both businesses operate freely without troubles, there

will be peace always. Economic instability leads to low investment.

Absence of political and religious radicalism within a country can also bring

about peace, radicalism – the belief in radical principles or ideas does not

help enough for peace to be in a country. One major result of radicalism is

catastrophe. when there is a country that its political and religious sphere is

countered by radicalism the two spheres will never be successful but rather full

of problems such as discrimination, clientelism etc. what every country need to

do is to make sure that there is a very friendly interrelationship between the

religious bodies and the political institution in other for peace to prevail.

Racismand nationalism is another thing that can limit the operation of peace in

a country, talking about peace it does not mean internal peace only but the need

for a country to be at peace with other countries, this enable international

relations and politics. A country without peace in its internal affairs and also

in its international relations leaves a wrong perception of the country in the

international scene.

Peace can be maintained in a country by establishing equal powers among the

forces of the country’s economic, political and social institution.

Organizations like the United Nations (UN) also maintain international and

internal peace by the use of educational programs but most of the internal peace

should be the work governments, individuals and other actors and this should be

done using educational programs both on televisions and in books or daily news

papers and magazines.

LAMPTEY ALFRED

POLITICAL SCIENCE 2

KNUST

ALFREDLAMPTEY88@YAHOO.COM

Columnist: Lamptey, Alfred