The country is debating troop levels and logistics in the war in Iraq. But Rajinderjit K. Singh offers a different way to think about achieving peace. The retired Locust Valley teacher co-founded the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum in 1993 and the East and West Association of Sikh Women in 2001, both dedicated to fostering harmony. Now, at 72, she represents North America on the board of the World Council of Religions for Peace. She was interviewed by Newsday editor Jim Smith.
Why is peace your issue?
I was hurt by war as a child, when my family fled east from Rawalpindi (then in India, now in Pakistan), so I have an emotional connection to people who suffer insecurity from violence.
What would you like to see?
Peace in every heart, peace in the whole world.
How would you know there was world peace?
When there are no wars, and every human being has the basic necessities.