Chandigarh, September 29: Today the ‘World Peace Parade’, organized by JAI (Jurists & Associates International), Yuvsatta-an NGO, State Cell-NSS, Chandigarh, Bar Association of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana and Independent Schools’ Association, Chandigarh inspired over 10,000 people, especially young people to join in the initiative with full vigour and enthusiasm and march from Open Hand to Parade Ground.
The star attraction of the prorgamme remained over 250 participants from around 25 countries of the world led by American Gandhi Mr. Bernie Meyer who had gathered in Chandigarh as part of ongoing 8th International Youth Peace Fest at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh.
Since early morning young NSS volunteers, advocates, officials of Chandigarh Administration, members of residents welfare associations dressed in white started gathering with banners and placards proclaiming the dream of a ‘World Without Wars’, “a World where girls can realize their full potential’, emphasizing that ‘Peace is a family Value’, ‘SAY NO TO WARS’, hand in hands, some from India & Pakistan attached flags of India & Pakistan together with visions of peace & solidarity in South Asia.
And by the time Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court accompanied by Mr. Justice Surya Kant released colourful balloons and flagged-of the rally a one km. long International gathering of people from almost all continents of the world raising slogans of ‘We Want Peace’, ‘We desire friendship’, ‘We R One’ created vibrations which surely will motivate many to do for a peaceful world.
Addressing the gathering before the start of the event Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said that many people today speak of peace in the world, but first they have to cultivate peace inside, then only it can transcend to others. He also shared his strong belief in nonviolence, which is the only weapon to ensure world peace and sustainable development. He said today all world citizens are very much feeling concerned by day by day increasing number of cases of violence, hate crimes, wars, killings and there is no alternative to walk the talk and work whole heartedly to create a peaceful world.
Bikram Singh Rana, State Liaison Officer of State Cell NSS thanking local Schools and Colleges for their overall participation said that they’ll honour the five best NSS contingents today’s with special prizes on coming Gandhi jayanti i.e. October 2, 2013, at the valedictory function of 8th International Youth Peace Fest.
This third day of the International Youth Peace Fest ended with a colourful mesmerizing evening cultural evening of folk dances, folk instruments & folk music of Punjab, Haryana & Himachal Pradesh including martial arts of Punjab, and contemporary Sufi aerial and dance organized by NZCC (North Zone Cultural Centre), Patiala. Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP & former Cabinet Minister, Government of India was the Chief Guest on the occasion.