Peace and Disarmament
"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Opens in Guwahati, India
From October 10-16, 2009, the "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition was officially on show at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts in Guwahati, India. The exhibit subsequently toured three other venues in the city until October 30.
Governor of Meghalaya State, His Excellency Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, Gauhati University Vice Chancellor Professor Okhil Kumar Medhi, and Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) Deputy Director General Dr. Akash Ouchi cut a ribbon and lit a lamp to inaugurate the exhibition. Over 9,000 viewed the exhibition, including more than 6,000 students from 46 schools and colleges.
Opening festivities began with the song "Diya Ghurai Diya Prithibi Amar Amak" (Give Us Back Our World) sung by BSG Guwahati youth members. The film Another Way of Seeing Things – based on an essay of the same name written by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda – was also screened. A panel titled "What will I do for peace?" provided opportunities for students to write their impressions of the exhibition and their visions for peace.
Coinciding with the exhibition, Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, one of India's most reputed research institutes, organized a workshop on "Building a Culture of Peace among Children" which 48 students and teachers attended. The workshop included drafting of action plans that participants took back to implement in their respective schools.
On October 30, the closing day of the exhibition, BSG members lit candles and lamps in observance of "Black Day" in the state of Assam, India, when hundreds of lives were lost to serial bomb blasts the previous year.
[Adapted from an activity report from Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), India; photos courtesy of BSG]