GDC Akhnoor Celebrates International Day of Non-Violence
Akhnoor, 1 October, 2011: While joining the world in paying tribute to apostle of Peace and Non-violence - Mahatma Gandhi, Govt Degree College Akhnoor commemorated International Day of non-violence in the college here today. ¬†The Red Cross Unit along with Women Development Unit of College organized a seminar on the “Life and Works of Mahatma Gandhi” on the occasion. ¬†Popularly referred as Gandhi Jyanti in India, 2 October is observed as International Day of Non-violence by world community since 2007.
Principal of College, Dr. (Mrs) Kaushal Smotra, who presided over the function, underlined the need of opting non-violence in lives to achieve sustainable peace in the world. “There is urgent need of a Gandhi in every nation to promote non-violence and peace in our world,” she said.
The participants, mostly students, payed rich tribute to father of nation by presenting famous Gandhain Bhajans like “Eshwar, Allah, tero nam....” ¬†and highlighting his role in various fields of life from wining freedom to nation to fighting for equality and justice. ¬†Pooja Choudhary, a 2nd year student, regarded Mahatma Gandhi an all time hero whose philosophy of non-violence is so relevant to younger generations and asked her peers to act upon the his teaching for a more tolerant and peaceful world. Gandhi ji not only helped India to win her a mere freedom but also worked for a free India from inequality, social injustices, religious intolerance, violence and leprosy as well as other unhealthy practices, said another speaker. Gandhi ji proved to the world that non-violence is more powerful than violence, said Manu Sharma, a final year student.
Prof. Nirlep Kour, ¬†Head, Department of Political¬† Science, ¬†while describing Mahatma Gandhi as one of greatest political scientists, ¬†shed light on his contribution in fighting for social justice to the apartheid, downtrodden, ¬†untouchables as well as eradication of leprosy, besides his non-violent theory and practice. ¬†That‚Äôs why his birthday is also celebrated as national Anti-Leprosy Day.
Earlier, Dr. M. Ashaq Malik, Officer in-charge, Red Cross Unit at College, introduced the participants about the Day. He said in January 2004, Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi took a proposal for an International Day of Non-Violence from a Hindi teacher in Paris teaching international students to the World Social Forum in Mumbai. The idea gradually gained momentum and it was on 15 June, 2007 when UN General Assembly finally voted to establish this day as the “International Day of Non-Violence.”
Prominent among others were present on the occasion were Prof. Kuldip Sharma, Prof. Rajni Bhagat, Prof. Sanjay Kotwal, Prof. Rohini Jamwal, Dr. Sapna Sharma, Prof. Sushma Chauhan, Dr. Neeru Sahney and Prof. Yashpaul Sharma. ¬†Prof. Shivani Manchanda, Officer in-charge, Women Development Unit, presented vote of thanks.