Economic development and peace have formed a self-sustaining cycle, and peaceful periods in history were marked by tremendous economic development, Superintendent of Police, Guntur Urban, S. Syamsundar said here on Wednesday.
Addressing students of Vignan University on the occasion of World Peace Day celebrations, Mr. Syamsundar said that peace was the need of the hour when most places in the world have been battered by strife and conflict.
Reminding that Indian history too had golden ages during the period of Guptas and Mourya dynasties, the SP pointed out recent history has been plagued by strife within and outside the country. Most of the country's resources were being used to fight cross border terrorism, Maoism and secessionism. Swamy Sevyananda from Ramakrishna Mission stressed on the importance of mental peace and the need to maintain harmony within one's self to achieve global peace. Earlier, the Superintendent of Police and the Swamy released doves as a symbolic gesture to mark the occasion.
Vice-Chancellor V. Govardhana Rao, Registrar A. Leela Mohan Rao, Director, DET, V.M. Rao, and Director, Media, V. Gopala Krishna were present. World Peace Day celebrations were also held at Vignan Little Public School at Brindvan Gardens. Vignan Schools Zonal Manager G. Koormanath was present.
A pledge for peace was taken out by students of Indian Springs, Lakshmipuram. NRI Educational Society Dean Ch. Yesuratnam, chief coordinator Patibandla Nageswara Rao released doves as a symbolic expression of peace. Secretary of Vijaya Educational Society, coordinator Bose, G. Shanta Murthy and school principal Suvarna Kumari were present.