Peace and Disarmament
"Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" Exhibition Shows in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal
From November 9 through 19, 2006, the exhibition "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" was held at the Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu, Nepal. Some 200 guests attended the official opening on November 9. Chancellor of the Nepal Bhasha Academy Satya Mohan Joshi commented, "After a decade of violence and a growing sense of hopelessness among people, our country has at last taken a firm step towards peaceful transformation. Therefore, I see great significance in the timing of such an exhibition being brought to Nepal. This exhibition portrays the life and thoughts of three towering figures--Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Daisaku Ikeda. I regard it as an honor and a privilege to inaugurate this exhibition." More than 5,000 visited the exhibition, half of whom were schoolchildren. The exhibition was widely reported on in the Himalayan Times, Samachal Patra, Sagarmath FM and Nepal Television.
On December 8, the exhibition moved to the Urban Development Training Center in Pokhara, central Nepal, and showed there through December 10. Of the approximately 800 who viewed the exhibition, more than 400 were students and educators from five nearby schools. The teachers reported that they considered the exhibition as an important learning opportunity and encouraged their students to prepare projects based on their visit. The exhibition was formally opened by George John, founder of the Prithvi Narayan Campus. The exhibition in Pokhara received coverage in local newspapers the Pokhara Hotline and the Pokhara Patra as well as on local television.
[Adapted from articles in the November 23 and December 23, 2006 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Japan]