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Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal marks 65th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Sanat Sankrityayan 2010-09-17

Carrying a replica of an atom bomb with a slogan ‘No Bomb – Save Earth’, more than 3,000 students led the peace march to commemorate the Hiroshima Day here and pledged to work towards peace and a nuclear-free world.

Organised by an NGO, the Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal and the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Mumbai university, the anti-nuclear Peace March created awareness among students about the holocaust.

Students from various colleges held banners depicting slogans like ‘No More Hiroshima’ and ‘We want to grow up, not blow up’. About 3,050 students as against the anticipated 2,000 took the pledge. Ramesh Deokar, NSS Programme Officer, University of Mumbai, administered the pledge. Students from 80 colleges along with social activists, peace activists, advocates, journalists and NGO members marched from the Azad Maidan to Hutatma Chowk in south Mumbai to support the cause.

This year will be the 65th anniversary of the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two Japanese cities. The bombings took place in 1945 during the final states of World War II. Apart from killing more than 1.5 lakh people, the bombings left thousands crippled claiming more than three lakh lives over the years.

Laxman Gole with participants at the Peace Rally

Laxman Gole from Vedzen Institute participated in the peace rally as a Gandhian Practitioner representing the ideals held by Vedzen Institute.

Laxman says, “We do not want repetition of Hiroshima and no war any further. We want peace. As Gandhiji famously said that an eye for an eye would make the whole world blind. War does not end the concerns of the people, on the other hand it aggrevates it. War may provide jobs to the ammunition factories, but it sucks out the inspiration of the nation. Moreover, Nuclear Weapons are an end in itself. Peace is where we must aim. There is no war that can bring peace. What Indian youth needs today is job ooportunities, work, chances to move ahead in life and government aided enablers for what they aspire.”

Vedzen Institute as a practicing principle follows Gandhiji’s perspective on War and Peace.

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