Thursday, October 30, 2008

“Peace in my family, harmony in my neighbour”

“Peace in my family, harmony in my neighbour”

Shabana Khan 30/10/2008 3:43:38 PM(IST)

A discussion was held on 30th October, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. on “Peace and Harmony in South Asia” at Malviya Centre for Peace and Research (MCPR), faculty of social science, Banaras Hindu University.

The main participant of the discussion were Dr. Pritam K. Rohila, Executive Director of Association for communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA), Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi, Director, People’s Vigilance Committee on human Rights (PVCHR) an “ACHA STAR PEACE AWARDEE 2008”, Prof. Ashok Kaul, an eminent sociologist, Department of Sociology, BHU, Prof. Priyanker Upadhaya Coordinator Malviya Centre for Peace and Research, BHU and Mrs. Kundan Rohila and Ms. Shruti Nagvanshi an peace activist.

Discussion was moderated by Prof. Ashok Kaul. Dr. Pritam briefly presents ACHA and its mission in front of the student and he also welcomed suggestion from the student how to tackle this problem. Every year ACHA presents a theme on peace and campaign for it. ACHA may consider any day for its campaign between 14th August – 21st September. This year ACHA’s theme on peace was “Peace in my family, harmony in my neighbour”. In the discussion, Dr. Pritam was focusing on the theme and asserted that if we bring peace in family we can achieve peace in neighbourhood.

The other participants Dr. Lenin briefly presents the work of PVCHR and emphasizes the importance of peace in the conflict ridden situations. Prof. Priyanker Upadhaya an eminent scholar of peace and conflict studies asserted that territorial nature of state formation in South Asia has been the part of problem in the region and its difficult to achieve the peace.

Students were also taking keen interest in the discussion. Suggestion and comments were welcomed. Relevance of Gandhian thought on peace was reconsidered. History, culture and religion were also recognized as a key element for bringing peace in the society.

More than 30 people were present in the discussion. Students from departments of the university and the scholars of the subject also participated. Vote of Thanks was given by Prof. Priyanker Upadhaya

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