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Children take out march for communal harmony

THE BEST WAY OUT: Students taking out a Sadbhavana rally in Mysore on Tuesday.

THE BEST WAY OUT: Students taking out a Sadbhavana rally in Mysore on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: It was a rally with a mission to spread the message of peace and communal harmony as schoolchildren marched on the streets of Udayagiri, which recently witnessed communal clashes, in big numbers, as part of a Sadbhavana rally here on Tuesday.

Organised jointly by the Mysore City Police, the Alert Citizens Team (ACT) and the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), the rally with enthusiastic participation of children made a sincere attempt to promote communal harmony among the people.

Wearing caps with a picture of a pigeon on them symbolising peace and harmony, many students took part in the rally dressed in the uniforms of their respective schools.

A few of them were attired in traditional wear such as kurta pyjama, sari and dhoti, symbolising the culture of the land.

Students of Srikanteshwara School and PU College, Kyathamaranahalli, St. Anthony’s High School, Gayathripuram, and Hilal High School, Gousianagar, came in a procession to the Bank of India Circle in Udayagiri from their schools. Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh flagged off the rally at the circle which culminated at Banumaiah’s Polytechnic in Udayagiri.

The highlight of the rally was the thought-provoking and meaningful messages on the placards carried by the students, drawing the attention of the residents. Humanity is essential than caste and creed; Unity is strength; Self introspection leads to truth; Indian first, then religion; Nature has not created discrimination; Enmity is evil, be united; Do not quarrel, wash your mind of ignorance; Energy lies in friendship, avoid fighting; Say with proud I am Indian — were the attractive messages that the children displayed.

Importantly, photographs of the plight of the people during the communal riots and peace marches for establishing peace and communal harmony were also displayed.

While the participants sang devotional songs, the police band played songs promoting national integration.

The personnel of the Mounted Police Company also marched along the procession. Policemen were deployed in the areas as a security measure.

Earlier, Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal, who explained the objective of holding the rally, said that children are best suited for spreading the message of peace.

Deputy Commissioner of Police B.R. Ravikanthegowda, outgoing Deputy Commissioner of Police V.S. D’Souza, Lalit Kumar of NFCH, Shivaram Malavalli of ACT, teachers of the institutions and residents were present.

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