During an interactive session at Chandigarh Judicial Academy, marking the end of a week-long youth festival organised by city-based NGO ‘Yuvsatta’, delegates from neighbouring countries shared their experiences.
Tanzila Khan, who runs a youth empowering company in Pakistan said, “As a citizen of Pakistan and a young person, I try to do what ever I can to promote peace. I am here to make people aware of the real Pakistan and spread the message that we all believe in peace. I strongly believe in Gandhi’s message that ‘be the change you wish to see’.”
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Justice Surya Kant of Punjab and Haryana High Court, said, “Participation of the youth in promoting peace is a positive sign for world peace. The future is in their hands and it is heartening to see that they feel so strongly for the cause and are working for it. It is their participation that keeps the hope alive that this world can be made a peaceful place.”
He further added, “It is everyone’s duty to promote the cause. The Judiciary of our country has stood the test of time and people have faith in it. Any message it gives regarding peace or any other cause will have impact on masses. It can play a very constructive role.”
Kamal Prasad Upadhyay, a student of social work at Pokhara University in Nepal said, “It is a great opportunity for all of us. I have great faith in the teachings of Buddha, Martin Luther and Gandhi and we all are trying to promote that.”
Meanwhile, Reeta Kohli, one of the organisers said, “It is an initiative to promote peace and today we are concluding the festival. What better day to do so than October 2, which is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday”.