JAMMU, Jan 1: Gandhi Global Family(GGF), J&K, in association with Gandhi Peace Foundation, Jammu, under the aegis of UNIC New Delhi, organized a round table conference on `Sustainable Peace in Jammu and Kashmir’ here today.
In the conference, delegates from all three regions of the State participated. Prof Renu Goswami, Director Colleges, J&K Government, chaired the conference and expressed her wholehearted cooperation to promote peace and non-violence in State through students’ participation.
Prof. Ajit Angral, Nodal Principal, GGM Science College, emphasized upon the need of reviving the moral values upon which the very fabric of society and cultural heritage were based.
Padmashri S P Varma, president, Gandhi Global Family, J&K, underlined the need of collaborative efforts between Government and civil society, especially youth, to carry forward the peace movement in J&K at par with ideals of Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings. He appealed the Government to establish Mahatma Gandhi Studies Centre in every college of the State and introduce peace courses in education at all levels.
Dr Seema Rohmetra, Co-ordinator, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Jammu, said that positive role of family systems can go a long way in peace building process as they are instrumental in molding the character and in nurturing the values among youth. So focus has to be laid on building sound family systems, integrated dialectical people centric approach towards problem solving required in J&K which would include all the segments of society, she added.
Dr Twinkle Suri, who has served as Director of Gandhian Studies Centre at MAM College, exhorted that Gandhian philosophy is based on three dimensional approaches of dialogue, democracy and development which needs to be adopted to bring peace in the state.
Eminent environmentalist, Dr C.M. Seth laid emphasis on linking of UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals with higher educational institutions.
Nasir Munshi and Tashi Chospel, peace activists form Kargil and Leh respectively, exemplified the communal harmony between different communities in Ladakh.
Khawaja SanaUllah Tamiri, an old associate of Dr Nirmala Deshpande, expressed his desire to settle all the pending disputes, internal and external, so that people of Jammu and Kashmir live in peace.
Abdul Majeed Bichoo, president J&K Senior Citizens Council for Peace and Civil Rights, from Kishtwar, said that youth should be involved in peace building while focusing on moral education and employability.
Azar Afzal, Abida Hussain War and Riyaz Shah, representing Kashmir region, stressed upon the need of following noble teachings of Sufi saints that bonded the society into brotherhood, peace and solidarity.
Bashir Ahmed Shawl, from Rajouri, stressed upon the role of teachers in promotion of peace. Narender Sharma, president, Peace NGO, underlined the need of designing road-map of peace by J&K Government. Vinay Katal and Dr. T.R. Sharma, president and general secretary of J&K NGOs Federation, offered the services for brining the era of peace in J&K.
Prominent among others, present on the occasion, included Ghulam Mohammad Khan, Ragav Chenotra, Rakesh Abrol, Kishan Singh Amit Varma, Johnson Gill, S Kirtan Singh, Gopal Sharma, Bimla Slathia, Sunil Sharma, Vikram Gujral, Anil Gaind and Tariq Bhat.