Skip to main content

Indo-Pak peace campaign to hold Prayers for Peace on Sept 21, Kailash Satyarthi to participate in Hyderabad

By Our Representative
The high-profile Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA), which began its Peace Now and Forever Campaign between India and Pakistan on July 1, 2017, has decided to hold prayers across the continent on September 21, the International Day for Peace, with Nobel laureates Kailash Satyarthi scheduled to join the prayers at Hyderabad.
Announcing this, a COVA note said, this has become particularly essential because one finds "that the situation in the world is deteriorating by the day and the relations between India and China and India and Pakistan have become a matter of grave concern during the past year and the future prospects look very grim".
The note comes up with interesting data on how the tension in the region is affecting the Indian and Pakistani economies: "The cost of violence to India’s economy in 2014 was $342 bn that is equivalent to 4.7 per cent of India’s GDP or USD 273 per person or Rs 1,458 per person per month and Pakistan suffered economic losses of USD 107 bn due to terrorism during the same period."
"In terms of effect of internal conflicts and terrorism, Pakistan is ranked 4th, India ranked 8th and China at 23rd among all countries in the world during 2016", the says the note quoting an authoritative report, adding, on September 21, faith leaders of different communities to come together in one single place of worship (mosque, temple, Church, gurudwara, synagogue, vihara etc.) or historical/ cultural places to pray for peace.
The prayer campaign, which will take place in major Indian and Pakistani cities, was preceded thousands of signatures collected online in the two countries, as also other countries where Indians and Pakistanis live. These signatures will be submitted to the Prime Ministers of the two countries demanding peace between the two peoples.
The signatories are claimed to include former generals and admirals and other ranking military officers of India and Pakistan, film and sports personalities, political leaders, academics, activists, journalists, professionals and eminent persons and thought leaders from all walks of life.
The signature campaign took place alongside other programmes were organized by different groups in different cities and towns of the two countries to provide platforms to artists, youth, children, activists and members of communities to express themselves for peace, including Art for Peace.
Other programmes include organizing community meetings to enable people from different communities and faiths to come together to pray and pledge for peace in order to "sensitise people to the scale and devastation from violence in the world today", and to "demonstrate unity across different faiths in challenging violence in all forms."
Pointing out that the prayers would help "use spirituality and religiosity to promote values of inclusion and peace and not to divide, promote hate and spread violence in the name of religions", the note says, COVA is hopeful of Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai also joining Prayers for Peace.
The note warns, "While only 72 countries were involved in Second World War, 87 countries experienced terrorist incidences in 2013 and 58 countries today have groups and communities engaged in active armed conflicts with each other or with the state. The end of Second World War saw 14.9 million (1.49 crore) soldiers killed and the ongoing armed conflicts in different countries have already claimed 10. 2 million (1.02 crore) lives -- mostly civilians -- and this seems to be just the beginning."
"There are more refugees due to conflicts in the world today than even during the Second World War. Around the world, someone is displaced every three seconds, forced from their homes by violence, war and persecution. Half of them are children and mostly unaccompanied. By 2016 the number of refugees and displaced persons had 16.3 million and is growing by the day," it adds.

Comments

TRENDING

'Enough evidence': Covid vaccines impacted women's reproductive health

By Deepika*  In 2024, the news outlets have suddenly started reporting about covid vaccine side effects in a very extensive manner. Sadly, the damage is already done.

A Hindu alternative to Valentine's Day? 'Shiv-Parvati was first love marriage in Universe'

By Rajiv Shah*   The other day, I was searching on Google a quote on Maha Shivratri which I wanted to send to someone, a confirmed Shiv Bhakt, quite close to me -- with an underlying message to act positively instead of being negative. On top of the search, I chanced upon an article in, imagine!, a Nashik Corporation site which offered me something very unusual. 

Dadi, poti discuss 'injustice' under 10 yr Modi rule: Video campaign goes viral

By Our Representative  Watan Ki Raah Mein, a civil society campaign of the Samvidhan Bachao Nagrik Abhiyan, has released a short video conversation on social media of an exchange of letters between a dadi and her poti discussing poverty, unemployment, corruption and women’s safety. The letters also raise the question of  suppression of our fundamental rights of speech, expression and justice. 

US 'frustrated' with India’s discomfort: Maritime exercise in South China Sea

By Vijay Prashad*  In early April 2024, the navies of four countries -- Australia, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States -- held a maritime exercise in the South China Sea. Australia’s Warramunga, Japan’s Akebono, the Philippines’ Antonio Luna, and the United States’ Mobile worked together in these waters to strengthen their joint abilities and -- as they said in a joint statement  -- to “uphold the right to freedom of navigation and overflight and respect for maritime rights under international law.” 

'Uncertainty in Iran': Raisi brokered crucial Chabahar Port deal with India

By Pranjal Pandey*  Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian President, and the country’s foreign minister were tragically found deceased on May 20, 2024, shortly after their helicopter crashed in foggy conditions. In response, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei swiftly appointed a relatively unknown vice president as the interim leader.

Informal, outdoor workers 'excluded': Govt of India's excessive heat policies

Counterview Desk  Top civil rights network, National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), has demanded urgent government action to protect millions of outdoor workers from extreme heat and heatwaves, insisting declaration of heatwaves as climatic disaster.

WHO move can 'enable' India to detain citizens, restrict freedom, control media

Counterview Desk  In an an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with copies to concerned Cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and MPs,  health rights network  People’s Alliance for Public Health (PAPH alias JanSwasthya Morcha), has urged that India should not be a signatory to the World Health Organization ( WHO) Pandemic Agreement and Amendments to the  International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005  to be adopted at the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva from 27th May to 1st June, 2024.

Desist from academic censorship, stop threatening scholars: Letter to ICMR

Counterview Desk  In a letter to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director, the Universal Health Organisation (UHO) which consists of prominent health experts, has insisted that the Government of India’s top medical research agency should lead high quality research on vaccine safety and “desist from academic censorship”.

Vaccine nationalism? Covaxin isn't safe either, perhaps it's worse: Experts

By Rajiv Shah  I was a little awestruck: The news had already spread that Astrazeneca – whose Indian variant Covishield was delivered to nearly 80% of Indian vaccine recipients during the Covid-19 era – has been withdrawn by the manufacturers following the admission by its UK pharma giant that its Covid-19 vector-based vaccine in “rare” instances cause TTS, or “thrombocytopenia thrombosis syndrome”, which lead to the blood to clump and form clots. The vaccine reportedly led to at least 81 deaths in the UK.