Peace is Everybody's Business is about conflict prevention, hope and peace for the oppressed and alienated, and the imaginative use of soft-power to win back estranged communities into the social and political mainstream.
Past strategies in managing alienated societies have been derived from two extreme ideological positions—either imprisoning those who take up arms against the state or ultra-liberalism, which is denounced as impractical. The author suggests a three-pronged alternative strategy to reconcile these two extreme positions—preventing conflict by addressing human security through human development, pursuing a policy of atonement and forgiveness, and eliminating trust deficit between the state and the marginalized.
The central focus of this strategy, which the author in his capacity as a General successfully executed in Operation Sadhbhavna, is the people. The author believes that killing is counterproductive and the army must change its role from ‘winning wars' to ‘preventing wars'.