Tatsat Chronicle hosted a dialogue on “Nonviolence for Peaceful Co-existence” to commemorate International Day of Nonviolence on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary at the Satyagraha Mandap, Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat, New Delhi, on Tuesday, October 5 in association with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS). Dr Sumi Gupta, Editor-In-Chief, Tatsat Chronicle, marked the occasion along with ambassadors and industrialists. The event had noted names from the fields of art, culture, sports, and public administration in attendance. Guests included Dr Sonal Mansingh, member of the Rajya Sabha and founder, Centre of Indian Classical Dancer Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and former Chairperson of GSDS; Satish Upadhyay, Vice Chairman, NDMC; Amod Kanth of NITI Aayog; Gaurav Choudhury, co-Founder and CEO, Earshot Media; Mrs Ratan Kaul, Principal Adviser, Tatsat Chronicle; and Dr Arun Oswal, Chairperson, Arun Abhey Oswal Trust. Ambassadors to India of various countries also attended the programme including H.E. Mrs. Deliwe Ndhlema Mumbi, Deputy High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia, Mr G.K.G. Sarth Godakanda, Minister Counsellor, High Commission of Sri Lanka, and H.E. K.L. Ganju, Honorary Consul General, Union of the Comoros. The event commenced with a musical performance by visually impaired artiste and renowned singer Ankur Gupta who sang ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’, the Mahatma’s favourite bhajan.
Para athletes Yogesh Kathuniya, who won silver in the discus throw at the Tokyo Paralympics, and Neeraj Yadav, who won gold in the javelin throw at the Asian Para Games, were felicitated at the event. In her address, the guest of honour of the evening, Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, said, “If we want a bright future for our children and our upcoming generation then we need to set examples for the youngsters because they will be the responsible citizens in the times to come.” Children exposed to a violent environment are often more aggressive and more involved in antisocial behaviour than children who are not. She also said, “Gandhiji was a fundamental person, he learnt things from every religion and adopted them in his daily life.” Dr Sonal Mansingh said, “Violence is human nature, that’s why one must talk about nonviolence time and again. Peaceful existence means living peacefully with acceptance. These things are becoming more and more difficult in society. So it is of great importance that we talk about it, teach about it and adopt it. But before that, you have to make an example of yourself. I would like to talk about the Dalai Lama, about how people from his country were driven away from their own land, how much violence happened, even today it is on and despite that the Dalai Lama is still talking about the same thing, Love, Peace, Freedom, Tolerance.” Satish Upadhyay, Vice Chairman, NDMC, and former president of BJP, Delhi, said, “If we all want to live together, we have to end violence, and I want to say to all that violence is a mentality, violence is in our hearts and minds, and that needs to end.” Dr Sumi Gupta said, “The world celebrates October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, as the International Day of Nonviolence which is intended to establish the universal relevance of the principle of nonviolence and peace. To promote this message of harmony, humanity, and greater understanding of nonviolence, on this remarkable occasion, we are pleased to organise a dialogue on nonviolence for peaceful co-existence. Mahatma Gandhi, who fought for freedom without violence, followed in his life six principles: truth, nonviolence, vegetarianism, brahmacharya, simplicity, and faith. We are glad to promote his principles and ideology.” The programme included an exchange of ideas and perspectives on the Gandhian philosophy of nonviolence in contemporary times along with recognition of people with indomitable spirit and exemplary contribution in building awareness of peace and nonviolence through academic, extracurricular, and volunteer activities impacting the lives of millions global.