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Religious Youth Service

RYS Celebrates International Day of Peace in Chennai, India

Chennai, India – The Day of Peace was attended by over 300 adherents to peace. Representative peace lovers from different walks of life participated in and graced the occasion, including ministers and government officials, professors and lawyers, students and social workers.

Nearly 100,000 people signed peace banners during a Peace Signature Campaign in colleges and universities, schools and other institutions by writing their aspirations for a new world -  a new world full of peace with promises for the youth to grow in a healthy and loving environment. These banners were displayed at the Peace Day venue. The RYS and its partners are designing new concepts and strategies to promote peace and understanding especially for youth because the future depends on them.

Twenty six candles were lit by prominent people as a sign of peace and happiness. The lightning of candles illustrated the desire of all for a new world and expressed their full faith and confidence in making peace a reality. The whole hall was filled with emotion when all the candles were lit.

A Peace Proclamation was read by Mr. W.I. Davaram, DGP of Tamilnadu (retd), inspiring all to re-dedicate themselves for peace and peace initiatives. It was a proclamation for human happiness and solidarity.

”Peace can come only when nations and societies are free and also when human beings everywhere have freedom and security and opportunity. Peace and freedom therefore have to be considered both in their social, political and economic aspects. We have to promote the human spirit - a spirit for peace which can develop and give a new world of peace”.

Many who attended commented on the day and urging all to take up the mission to promote peace.

"We have to think in terms of a 'common man' in order to preserve and promote peace all over the world. We have to fashion our political, social and economic structure so that the common man can think clearly about peace. The remedy lies in every individual and by training himself for a self-expression of peace in every walk of life irrespective of caste, creed and religion..."

"Non-violence is the law of the human race and is infinitely greater than and superior to brute force," commended Mr. Navneeth, a student from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

September 21, 2007

 

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