A small seed sprouted in Indore city, central region of India, on 16th July 1993 and grew into a tree, spreading its branches across India and beyond. The original idea of the Universal Solidarity Movement of Value Education for Peace that was conceived in the context of Taize in France, found its concrete expression with the untiring efforts of Fr. Varghese Alengaden to give a pro-active response to the traumatized atmosphere that existed in India due to religious and caste conflicts. Growing corruption, exploitation of the weaker sections, oppression of women and disorientation of youth prompted him to launch a Movement for rebuilding the country. This Movement with its broad, inclusive and lasting vision of building a civilization of love in a world of hatred and violence promotes a pluralistic spirituality, focusing on acceptance, appreciation and promotion of diversity in all its dimensions. Its core principle ‘transform the world by self transformation’ is being put into practice through following the ‘Five Paths’ resulting in reducing the distance between what we speak and what we do.
Within a short span the Indore based Universal Solidarity Movement (USM ) has reached out to 900 high schools and junior colleges all over India, communicating the message of peace and promoting the values of justice, true democracy and solidarity to teachers, students, parents and other groups. Hundreds of student leaders and teachers from different parts of the country come to the USM community, Indore situated at Mahalaxmi Nagar to get trained in enlightened leadership in view of providing an alternative to the present day corrupt and selfish leaders.