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Constant efforts to establish social harmony key to peace in 21st century: Dr. B.P. Singh

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New Delhi : Former home secretary and governor of Sikkim B.P. Singh said religious harmony, educational programming and a strengthening of the institutions of governance within a country and also at the international level would help in maintaining peace in the 21st century.

“For that, we have to go for religious harmony, educational programming and a strengthening of the institutions of governance within a country and also at the international level. Terrorism has to be fought not only with arms but also with determination that we have a superior way of life and that needs to be protected,” Singh told ANI while speaking at the ninth Upendra Vajpeyi Memorial Lecture.

“It is absolutely genuine when I say that it is possible to have peace in the 21st century. But it will not happen only because I want it, we have to work for it consciously.

He added that peace is possible only with the number of good and ethical people in all walks of life, particularly among public leaders and teachers.

Resonating similar sentiments, former principal information officer of the Government of India I. Ramamohan Rao said the way to find peace has not been easy as the human race has provoked the most evil thoughts which has been the cause of the World Trade Centre bombing.

“Following that, the big powers have fought in various parts of the world. Since the Gulf war, we are aware how we have gone through various events. We have tried to establish peace in the subcontinent. But again, it’s not been possible. Conflicts have been prevailing in the sub-continent. From the 60s onwards, in spite of our leaders efforts, Jawaharlal Nehru and successors efforts to continue dialogue with our neighbours, it has not been able to establish peace. I sincerely hope that people like Dr B.P. Singh will help us in establishing peace,” he said.

Rao also paid tribute to veteran journalist Upendra Vajpeyi on the occasion.

“Today we are remembering Upendra Vajpayee for establishing the Press Centre in Saket and National Media Centre in Gurgaon, and contribute to the society as media people. We will always cherish the memory of Upendra Vajpayee, ” he said. (ANI)

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