Meet organised by Lion's Club of Vijayawada
The world is reduced to a conflict zone and peace at all levels is the need of the hour, said Secondary Education Minister Kolusu Pardhasaradhy, on Wednesday.
Speaking at a programme organised by the Lion's Club of Vijayawada in connection with the World Peace Day on the campus of Montessori Mahila Kalasala, the Minister said that peace was the panacea to all existing ills, be it at the family level or in society, nation or across the world.
Social equality was conspicuous by its absence, supremacy of the strong over the weak was the order of the day and inequality between the developed and the developing world was a major cause of concern. “The Government spends thousands of crore of rupees to ensure peace. China spends Rs. 6 lakh crore while the US allocates nearly Rs. 25 lakh crore to combat terrorism and usher in peace,” he pointed out urging the common man to contribute his mite for the noble cause.
“India is the biggest democracy but disparity continues to plague development process. Let us take an oath to do our bit to bring in peace so that the huge funds allocated for the purpose can be diverted for development activities,” he said.
Graduates MLC Chigurupati Varaprasad, who is also a Lion's Club member, wanted people to sow the seeds of peace and nurture it with great care. Speaking about the several programmes conducted in the past on a grand scale for the purpose of peace, he referred to the ‘Shanti Yagna' organised at Puligadda with 10,000 people participating in it.
He said that initial plans to conduct this peace programme at Hyderabad had to be shelved because of the on-going disturbances there. The MLC announced that next year, a peace initiative would be conducted in Delhi on a larger scale.
Senior Congress leader Devineni Rajasekhar said people must rise above caste, community, religion and launch concerted efforts to encourage peace.
Mr. Varaprasad then administered an oath to the participants who repeated in chorus after him vowing to contribute to a congenial atmosphere around. “I will live in peace and will not disturb others' peace. People across the country must live in harmony, thus paving the way for human prosperity,” they said.
Malladi Vishnu, Velampalli Srinivasa Rao, Tangirala Prabhakar, Dasari Balavardhan and Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao, MLAs of Vijayawada Central, Vijayawada West, Nandigama, Gannavaram and Mylavaram respectively, Machilipatnam MP K. Narayana Rao, MLCs Ilapuram Venkaiah, Jelli Wilson, Rayapati Srinivas and Lakshman Rao, CPI-(M) leaders Ch. Baburao and V. Uma Maheswara Rao, correspondent of Montessori Educational Institutions V. Koteswaramma, Ghazal Srinivas and others participated.