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In the fervent hope of world peace

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor
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It is long and seamless, as envisaged by its creator to spread the message of the need for united efforts towards world peace. The 34-metre chain has been made of a teakwood plank and does not have joints.

K.M. Rajendran, 34, from the small village of Vaipur in Mallappally taluk of Pathanamthitta district, has conceptualised and created what is said to be the world's longest wooden “peace” chain without joints.

The chain has 208 blocks, merged together in 12 years by this artisan.

Mr. Rajendran says 195 blocks represent 192 republics across the globe and the Vatican, Palestine, and Taiwan. The remaining 13 blocks stand for the burning issues facing the world.

Environmental issues arising out of global warming and man's sheer neglect towards environment figure as linking blocks in the chain.

Mr. Rajendran often turns a historian and philosopher while talking about the history and geographical importance of the nations.

A wooden block has been dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and his practice of non-violence. This block is placed adjacent to the one dedicated to Switzerland.

A Thiruvalla-based committee has been exhibiting the chain in various parts of the country, spreading the message of world peace.

Johnson V. Idiculla, programme director of the exhibition committee, says the committee is planning to exhibit the chain in 195 countries in the months ahead.

He says an exhibition has been planned at the YMCA Hall in Delhi on September 20 and 21 and another one at the Acharya Vinoba Bhave auditorium at Sevagram in Maharashtra on September 26.

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