Hiroshima & Nagasaki: Never Again
Children for Peace
Remembering the tragedy of Hiroshima & Nagasaki through an All India Art Exhibition
Varanasi. 9th Aug. A one day event titled ‘Children for Peace’ Remembering the tragedy of Hiroshima & Nagasaki through an All India Art Exhibition was organized at the Swatantrata Bhavan, BHU under the aegis of UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Studies, MCPR, BHU in collaboration with W.H. Smith School. Addressing the gathering of students from different schools of Varanasi, Prof Priyankar Upadhyaya in his capacity as keynote speaker, said we can learn so many things from children as they are the purest of soul. Speaking on Peace, Prof Upadhyaya said peace is not merely the absence of violence, it is about creating those potentials, the ambience in which all of us can attain the best to our potential. Recalling his interaction with a Peace Noble Lauraute, Prof Upadhyaya once asked him what is the first thing that comes to his mind when he thinks of Peace and pat came the answer “mingling” and “togetherness”. Peace is about music, it is about art, it is about expressions which come from naked soul. He echoed, Peace is about getting along and mingling with open arms. It’s about cuddling with children and all others who come our way with warmth and affection. Since this talk commemorate Nuclear Bomb attacks on Japanese towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Prof Upadhyaya sounded alarmed about the potential of Nuclear arsenals which can destroy the world many times. Prof Upadhyaya conceived that the bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were ‘primitive’ Atom bombs and its destructive potential was not ever tested.
Speaking about the much discussed ‘Nuclear deterrent theory’, Prof Upadhyaya said those who think nuclear weapons act as a deterrent, is ‘naïve’. He said nuclear weapons pose grave threat to mankind as the amount of nuclear stockpile that many powerful nations have, any slip anywhere can culminate into global mayhem. During Cold war, ‘Cuban missile crisis’ is one such glaring example in which the twin powers were at the cusp of nuclear war. Speaking on building Indo-Pak tension, Prof. Upadhyaya sounded alarmed by the number of nuclear warheads that arch rivals India and Pakistan have. Not for nothing Bill Clinton once termed it nuclear flash point.
Prof. Upadhyaya gave a clarion call to students present from many prominent schools in a packed hall to create ‘public constituencies’ and reflect upon devastations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki remnicients of which can still be felt. Echoing the words of ‘Gandhi’ and ‘Buddha’, Prof Upadhyaya said violence can only be quelled by non violence. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Peace can only be achieved by peaceful means. He educated the students about the essence of peace and the importance of shunning violence. He said the 2019 Noble Peace Prize is given to an organization dedicated towards nuclear disarmament. Advising children not to get attracted towards big swanky guns, flashy missiles, Prof Upadhyaya said the world needs such statesmen and thinkers who can spread the message of peace to the common masses.
Hon’ble VC, BHU Prof. Rakesh Bhatnagar gave Presidential remarks and spoke at length about biological warfare. He called upon University fraternity to conduct open house session for young children to sensitize them about the working of science, environment and peace. He called upon the house to the growing menace of chemical and biological weapon and creating defences against them. Special guest of honor and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. R.P.Pathak talked about peace primarily as a mental construct and requested the audience to work on four Ps-Poverty, Proliferation, Pollution, Power. Former Dean Prof. Anjoo S. Upadhyaya welcomed the guests and introduces the theme. Dr. Manoj Mishra, Coordinator, MCPR and Ms. Pratyasa Merry Dey, W.H.Smith School gave the vote of thanks.