One World (Goa): A World without Borders
Iris C F Gomes
A utopian dream perhaps, nevertheless, Dr Kedar Padte holds an incredibly positive outlook towards life in visualising a world without borders; a world that recognises no differences in race, religion, ethnicity, caste, etc. It is this innate, indefatigable positivity that Dr Padte possesses which has led to the establishment of One World, an NGO that leaves its doors open to people from all walks of life and believes in the end of war, nuclear weapons, mass starvation, genocide and so on.
Dr Padte, who is a gold medallist (MBBS) from Goa Medical College, practices as an obstetrician and gynaecologist. He has a Diploma in IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) and ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) from Sydney, Australia and has treated over 30,000 patients with infertility issues in the last 26 years. He has had many research papers published in Goa and abroad. Quite notable among his achievements is his development of the Cruciate Suture of Goa, an operation for recto-genital prolapse (pelvic floor repair).
‘I always feel that the world should be a better place to live in, be it for humans or for animals,’ says Dr Padte, who was distressed by the number of casualties during the war between Iraq and Iran beginning in the 1970s, especially the high toll of deaths of youths. He says, ‘Wars were killing millions of youths just because there are borders. At that time, the thought of one world entered my mind. This idea kept me thinking all the time, throughout the day, for weeks and months. Finally I conceptualised my idea of One World, and it actually came into existence in the year 1979. One world, a world without borders, a world without barriers. We have a book called One World, which we have published, with my views on how we can make this world a better place to live in.’
One World strives to teach humanity to appreciate the fact that we are all one. Dr Padte, who is also the president of the NGO, says. ‘We are one with nature – an absolutely integral part of nature. And just as nothing is divided in nature, we should all be one. So, all who are like me…hate violence, love peace and are generally ready to help anybody who needs help; irrespective of nationality, caste, creed, religion and politics have joined me in this journey of One World. Dr Padte’s family of ‘One Worldians’, a term he has coined, consists of Dr Jayashri Padte (Vice President), Mr Vishvesh Gaunekar (Secretary), Dr Prafulla Velingkar, Dr Veena Velingkar, Dr Jagdish Raghuwanshi, Shreya Gaunekar (CA), Mrs Sandhya Sardessai, Mr Gaurav Velingkar, Mrs Durga Velingkar and Mr Ivo Cardozo.
The journey of One World did not begin free of problems. Dr Padte reasons that the way minds have been conditioned in terms of politics, religion, borders and economy works against oneness. He predicts that it will take a good few decades for the conditioning of the mind to transform to a more positive outlook.
The organisation conducts many programmes such as planting of trees, feeding hungry children, providing medical aid to the needy, etc. Daily meals are supplied to individuals who are not cared for by their families under the programme called Niradhar Shidha Tiffin Service. Schools and colleges are exposed to lectures on one world. Saplings are supplied to some schools every year and the students of these schools are given an understanding of the idea of one world. The organisation was involved in funding and constructing the houses of some families, which had been damaged in the floods in Goa. Dr Padte says, ‘As we all know, children are our future, and if we pass on this message of one world to them today, they will surely carry it throughout their future journey of life. To help them embark on this journey, we conduct drawing competitions, essay competitions, fancy dress competition, etc, where the topic for all these events is in line with the concept of one world.'
One of more recent acts of humanitarianism taken on by One World was in collaboration with another NGO called YUVA. Free food was supplied to the needy during the lockdown due to Covid-19. ‘The idea of this event was initiated when Mr Raghuvir Mahale and Mr Aakash Counto approached us. Trust me, there is no greater joy in the world than feeding someone who is hungry. We had a great experience working with YUVA,’ says Dr Padte.
Emphasising the need for one world, or a world without borders, Dr Padte declares that without the implementation of this concept, human extinction would be at hand. The use of nuclear weapons in war would very soon see to that end in no time at all. He says, ‘Not that all governments can afford nuclear weapons because it takes billions of dollars to build, maintain and launch properly. So why waste money, property and play with human lives? Why can’t we all be one and use this money for betterment of life?!’
The younger generation has to suffer some amount of confusion in trying to develop an identity, owing to the influx of conflicting ideas coming in through social media. To these young people, Dr Padte’s messages is, ‘Today’s youth must understand that we are all one: human, animal, earth, nature and universe. Just feel it and share it. Life is short so don’t waste time in conflicts, violence or greed. Just love and be loved. If this is our motto, one world will happen by the turn of this century.’