CMS views the world as a village-the home to many nations and peoples. In this village, it is no longer possible for the diverse peoples to live in isolation. So, in a sense, its advocacy of "globalism" is simply a response to today's reality. The CMS approach aims to break down the barriers between peoples and to open up possibilities for global cooperation. When it proclaims Jai Jagat, it is encouraging its students to embrace a global perspective and the concept of world citizenship-a concept that is symbolized in the World Citizenship Dress that is worn at the World Peace Prayer ceremony incorporated into all CMS functions, and which depicts symbols of all the major world religions and the flags of every member of the United Nations. That concept of world citizenship is not unique to CMS, of course. It was John Lennon who articulated it in an anthem oft-repeated since he first sang it more than thirty years ago: "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you will join us, and the world will be as one."
Priti Barman recently joined the staff of CMS's Department of World Unity and Peace Education. Previously, she worked as a journalist for the Times of India and ETV, a national television channel.
Raj Shekhar Chandola
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