NEW DELHI: With an aim to bolster wishes and efforts for peaceful relations between India and Pakistan, an interfaith Eid Milan was hosted by the Aaghaz-e-Dosti initiative with the support of other organizations here on Sunday.
Besides youths, several eminent personalities, including Padma Bhushan awardee Mohini Giri and former member of Planning Commission Dr. Syeda Hameed graced the occasion and expressed their views on the theme.
“During the program, people not only talked about importance of communal harmony, but also about how youths have a role to play in building an atmosphere of peace and harmony within India and in South Asia,” said Ravi Nitesh from Aaghaz-e-Dosti.
On the occasion, a documentary ‘India-Pakistan Peace Narratives’, made by Melton Fellows under ‘Project Narratives’, was screened. Nickhil Sharma, a Melton fellow and one of the filmmakers who made the documentary, also joined the session.
Padma awardee Mohini Giri, who is also Founder Trustee of Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA), stressed on the strong need to build people to people relations all over South Asia.
Dr. Syeda Hameed recalled the candle-light initiative that was led by people two decades ago on the Wagah border as a ray of hope between the two nations India and Pakistan. She called youths to lead the movement of peace through the multiple available ways but with collective strength and full energy.
Dr. Shankar Sanyal, President of Harijan Sevak Sangh, talked about the Gandhian values that need to be taken as a vision for building bonds among people on the basis of humanity and love.
Veena Behen, a disciple of Vinoba Bhave and Founder of Mahila Chetna Kendra, highlighted the importance of women empowerment and their role in peace building.
Among others who spoke on the subject included Dr. Padma Seth, former board member of National Bal Bhavan; peace activist Jatin Desai; activist and Coordinator of Association of Peoples of Asia, Ram Mohan Rai; Secretary general of South Asian Fraternity Satyapal; and Aaghaz-e-Dosti convener Devika Mittal.
Many other eminent persons, youth peace workers, students and young professionals such as Rupika, Pragya, Sanjana, Saurabh, Burmeen, Sadaf, Mohd Shoaib, Taish Potwarai, Haris Kidwai, Deepak Kathuria, Abhishek, Ashish, Dileep, Arvind and many others also participated.
At the event, some action plans for India-Pakistan peace were also decided. They decided to go to hold candle vigil at Wagah border on 14-15 August to continue the legacy of peace message that was started by people more than two decades ago, Nitesh informed.
Organisations who joined hands in solidarity of this program include Aaghaz-e-Dosti, Aariz Media, Association of People of Asia, Gandhi Global Family, Guild of Service, Hali Panipati Trust, Mission Bhartiyam, National Youth Project, Nirmala Deshpande Sansthan, Project Narratives (Melton Foundation), South Asian Fraternity and Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA).