Chandigarh, January 9, 2009: Today, Peace Club of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, Chandigarh & YUVSATTA started in the city a Signature Campaign against terrorism and war posturing and to promote cooperation and peace between the two neighboring countries of India & Pakistan.
Giving information about the campaign Mr. Parmod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta informed that from 9th January 2009 to 8th February 2009, the Joint Signature Campaign is launched in over 25 cities of India and over 20 cities of Pakistan. The Signature Campaign by peace lovers will be carried out in both the countries for one month till 8th February 2009 and the signatures collected will be submitted to the Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan with copies to important political functionaries and media houses of both countries.
Addressing the students Dr. Jyoti Khanna, Principal of the College said that the objective of this Campaign is to facilitate assertion by the people of both the countries in favour of resolving the present crises through dialogue, cooperation and appropriate actions by both the governments to address terrorism and all other outstanding issues. The collective will of the people could certainly compel the establishments to adopt peaceful and appropriate processes to address all the issues and bring back normalcy.
Around 500 signatures were collected today in the college and organizers of the campaign plan to collect around 10,000 more in the city. Prominent amongst those who signed today includes Madhvi Kataria, PCS, Chief Manager, MARKFED, Prof. Manjit Singh, Director, Ambedkar Centre, Panjab University, Dr. Satinder Dhillon, Principal, Divya Shiksha Gurukul College of Education, Dr. Jyoti Khanna, Principal, Dev Samaj College of Education, Mrs. Pooja Sharma, Member, Chandigarh Social Welfare Board & Mr. Parmod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta.
On the occasion Prof. Manjit Singh announced that they’ll organize a similar campaign at Students Centre, Panjab University on coming Monday i.e. January 12, 2009. Sharing his concerns Prof. Manjit Singh was of the view that War can never be a solution but the beginning of insurmountable problems for both the countries. Hence both the governments should desist from war posturing and immediately engage in meaningful and effective dialogue and actions to address the issue of terrorism and to resolve all other outstanding problems.
In her addressing Madhvi Kataria appealed to people and media of both India and Pakistan to play a constructive role in this hour of crisis to propagate and strengthen positive attitudes for the resolution of all the outstanding problems and discourage escalation of conflict and adventurism that could jeopardize peace and prosperity of both the countries.