World Peace Meet: Citizens Urged to Unite Setting Aside Differences


Thiruvananthapuram: Citizens who set aside rivalry and enmity and strive for world peace form the core of a nation’s development, said Ramdas Athawale, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, here the other day.

He was delivering the inaugural address at the formal announcement of the World Peace Conference, jointly organised by the International Interfaith Dialogue India and Magic Planet. The World Peace Conference will be held in December. People who belong to different religions and speak different languages should co-exist, and eventually come to the realisation that the nation is above such differences, Athawale said.

Noted singer K J Yesudas conducted the formal declaration of the conference through a magic trick. When Dr. Yesudas pierced a balloon with the phrases ‘religious intolerance,’ ‘injustice,’ ‘violence’ and ‘evil’ inscribed on it, a dove appeared in its place.

Magician Gopinath Muthukad and P K Shamsudeen, Chairman, International Interfaith Dialogue India, were present on the occasion.