The world thought it unthinkable, but history was made when leaders from North Korea and South Korea met for a summit meeting in the Panmunjom village inside the demilitarised zone separating the two countries. As they signed an agreement of peace and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, it was not just the Koreans rejoicing, but the world celebrating with them.
The two countries left behind seven decades of differences for a peaceful and more prosperous Korea with the Panmunjom Declaration.
As pictures of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un walking hand-in-hand with South Korean President, Moon Jae-In flooded the internet, it was a game-changing moment not just for the two nations, but also for the rest of the world which is currently witnessing tension between and within countries.
Though the idea of world peace looked hopeless and a far fetched dream – the seeming parley between the two nations and its leaders set world peace goals for the rest of us.
Love, not war
Gowd Kiran Kumar, a PhD student in the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad feels that Korea’s peace deal is a learning point for countries like India-Pakistan, Israel-Palestine, Syria-Iran-USA. “Such countries are currently facing serious hostile situations.
In a realistic political world, Korea’s peace deal is considered a departure from power politics which will help in building an ‘idealistic’ world i.e. a world with peaceful coexistence of all countries,” he says. “The deal is also a significant step towards building a denuclearised world,” he adds.
Also, when there is global peace, there is going to be more development as nations can help each other. For it’s always the common public that suffer when such enmity prevails.
The power of a handshake
Seeing the two leaders coming together for as simple as a handshake was enough to give the world hope along with the message of peace. Imlienla Jamir, a resident of Yousufguda says, “That one simple gesture (handshake) has laid the foundation of establishing a great level of trust toward each other and its importance can’t be undermined,” she says.
“The world needs to be reminded that it’s a small gesture like this that can eliminate negativity,” she adds.
History has already shown us how merciless a world without peace can be. It’s up to humans to ensure that such mistakes aren’t repeated.