Peace and Disarmament
"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens in New Delhi, India
"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an exhibition appealing for a culture of peace centered on nonviolence and tolerance, opened on April 14 at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in New Delhi, India. Cosponsors were: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Indian Federation of UN Associations, the United Nations Information Center and Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG). The exhibition is being brought to India for the first time.
In her welcome remarks, BSG Director General Naveena Reddi expressed her hopes that the exhibition will "contribute to changing people's mindset and behavior so that they are grounded in a culture of peace rather than one of war." Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, she said, "If we are to teach real peace in the world, and if we are to wage a real war against war, we must start with the children."
A highlight of the opening was a children's chorus singing "It's a Small World."
Former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Inder Kumar Gujral sent a congratulatory message. Some 500 attended the opening in New Delhi, including Dr. Lokesh Chandra, Indian Buddhist scholar and general director of the International Academy of Indian Culture in New Delhi, United Nations Information Center Director Shalini Dewan, and IGNCA Member Secretary K. K. Chakravarty. The exhibit closes April 23.
SGI organized and created the exhibition, whose crucial message is that each individual can make a difference as a protagonist in the drama of building a culture of peace. Illustrating the importance of building a culture of peace at all levels and across geopolitical lines, the show in New Delhi highlights the work of 60 people, some famous and others less well known, for their roles in conflict resolution, while showcasing the artwork and essays of children, destined to inherit this task. Launched in August 2003, the exhibition has traveled to various venues in the USA, including the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, and the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D.C., as well as venues in Spain, Switzerland and Canada.