Thousands of youth, peace lovers desiring to promote peace in society from all over the country participated at the inaugural function of the ongoing National Youth Peace Festival and Peace Awards on Sunday at Holy Cross Campus, Dimapur.
Expressing concern on threat of terrorism and insurgency in today’s world, chief guest of the inaugural session, Radha Bhatt, chairperson, Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi said such seminars of peace and non-violence was an admirable attempt to a new and better society and a step of courage and vision.
She opined serious violence could be checked and avoided in a country like India where 1/3rd of the country was under the grip of violence and that young people as lovers of peace and peace channel members must take a solid step in bringing peace and human values in society.
Asserting that peaceful society should deliver “peace with justice and justice with compassion”, she said, peace without justice was meaningless and compassion should come from the heart through suffering. She added a culture of peace and violence free society could boost the economy of the country and change the system of society.
Delivering message as guest of honour, DC, Dimapur, Maongwati Aier appealed to work for peace in the country as the world needed peace and none of young people want violence.
He said peace depended on people’s attitude and said peace will come when there is integrity and honesty in the society and people respect for other rights and the laws and rules of the country.
Emphasizing on Naga polity, DC expressed past equity and democratic nature of the Naga polity have been replaced with modern system of election and money power and said in order to develop peace in society, there should be equal representation.
Youth director of Peace Channel, Nagaland, Rev. Fr. CP Anto in his welcome address said the objective of the festival was to bring peace to inter-faith leaders, interact in bringing inter-culture groups of the main-land India, promote youth activist and for mutual sharing of experiences and suffering when Nagaland and the North-East States in transitional period.
The inaugural programme also witnessed the presence of various leaders Rev. Dr. Walter Fernandes, director NESRC, Guwahati, Dr. Nungsang Ao from Centre of Gandian Studies, NU, Thyio Chakesang, chairman, Nagaland Peace Centre, Dr. Deben Sharma, convenor, Peace Core team, Manipur and youth from the entire NE states, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and from various states of South India.
The valedictory function on September 21 would be held with parliamentary secretary Naiba Konyak, as chief guest. ‘Peace Rally’ will be flagged off from the venue at 3.15 pm and Peace Channel will also confer ‘Peace Awards’ 2009.