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FOR PEACE: Students of Saraswathi Vidyalaya in Thiruvananthapuram pay floral tributes to the victims on the third anniversary of the terrorist attack in a school in Beslan, Russia, killing 331 persons.
FOR PEACE: Students of Saraswathi Vidyalaya in Thiruvananthapuram pay floral tributes to the victims on the third anniversary of the terrorist attack in a school in Beslan, Russia, killing 331 persons.

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The horror and pain caused by the terrorist siege of a school at Beslan, Russia three years ago was very much in the air as the staff and students of Saraswathi Vidyalaya gathered on Wednesday morning for a programme organised by the Russian Cultural Centre.

A large cut-out of a lamenting mother symbolised the agony of all who lost their children to bullets on that bloody day at Beslan. As the children lit candles and laid flowers — 331 in all — before the ‘lamenting mother’ in memory of those killed, former pro-vice chancellor of the University of Kerala N.A. Karim spoke of the pervasive disruption caused by terrorism worldwide.

Terrorism has grown to such an extent today that it is standing in the way of developmental activities the world over, Dr. Karim said. As such, terrorism has to be opposed and defeated not only for the sake of world peace but also for the sake of world development.

War and terrorism are but two faces of the same coin. Only a balanced world order can prevent the spread of war and terrorism, he pointed out.

By remembering Beslan, where innocent children were mercilessly gunned down, we are actually proclaiming solidarity with the cause of world peace, he said.

In his key note address, journalist K.P. Mohanan said youth can be weaned away from terrorism only through achieving economic freedom and social equality. The responsibility of saving the future generations from terrorism is a very important one. Religion and politics should not be mixed. For this, the concept of a ‘human religion’ should be instilled in children, he added.

The Director of the Russian Cultural Centre, Ratheesh C. Nair, was also present on the occasion.

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