Rotary Club of Calcutta Millennium in association with Rakshak Foundation, Kolkata observed World Peace Day recently and as an apt reaction to the world gone to dogs, His Excellency, The Governor of West Bengal, speaking on ‘Dialogues on Global Harmony & Present Day Concerns’, voiced his concern.
Those in the audience – Consul General of US Craig Hall, Consul General of Germany Olaf Iversen, Sitaram Sharma, Chairman, West Bengal Federation of United Nations & Hony. Consul General of Belarus, Arvind Sukhani, Hony. Consul of Lithuania, Solikhov Sukhrob, Director Kolkata Office, Indialogue Foundation and Jaydip Das, Founder & Joint Managing Trustee, Rakshak Foundation Kolkata also including Prof. Dr. Maidul Islam, Keynote speaker and Chaitali Das, Charter President, Rotary Club of Calcutta Millennium and Managing Trustee of Rakshak Foundation who pivoted the event nodded in unison.
Sitaram Sharma launched into an initial tirade on UN before remarking that UN dose have a positive role to play.
Maidul broached on Immanuel Kant’s ‘The Perpetual Peace’, bringing in ‘Liberty Principle’ propounded by John Rawls in his ‘A Theory of Justice’ to articulates his short speech then driving it home with Alexander-Diogenes anecdote , where the later tells the former too “move out of my Sun”.
K.N Triipathi was all caught up in it – “We have to fight peace to maintain it. We see rocks & drones instead of doves” and with that he segued into his own poem. It said once the sky was known have Gods and birds, now it has demons; everyone fears destruction, morning is less red with sunlight, more with blood; man is becoming inhuman. He closed by urging that even amongst the disquiet, let’s fly pigeons.